Dyer County baseball seniors end prep careers at TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament

Friday, May 31, 2024
Dyer County’s Baseball team wrapped up its season last week at the TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro with six seniors suiting up for the final time as Choctaws. Senior members of the Choctaws honored were (from left) Assistant Coach Chase Jones, Trey Tarkington, Kole Fenton, JD Binkley, Drew Ladd, Trent Wilson, Eli Powell, Dyer County Head Coach Derek Hinson and Assistant Coach Brandon Irions.
State Gazette photo/Jason Peevyhouse

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

For the second straight season, Dyer County saw its baseball season come to an end on the biggest stage in high school spring sports in Tennessee as the Choctaws fell to Gibbs in the TSSAA Class AAA State Tournament last Wednesday at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.

This marks the first time since the 2013 and 2014 seasons in which the Choctaws advanced to the state tournament in consecutive seasons. With the 1-0 loss to Gibbs last Wednesday night, the careers of six Dyer County High School seniors came to an end. After the season-ending loss, first-year Choctaw Head Coach Derek Hinson shared his thoughts on the six seniors who helped lead the team to the state tournament.

J.D. Binkley

“J.D Binkley was the type of player that when he leaves your program, you’re going to miss on and off the field. When you look and see him behind the plate, you know what you’re going to get. J.D is an all-around great human being and can’t wait to see him play next year at Bethel.”

Kole Fenton

“Kole Fenton was a gamer.  What you see during practices and games, it is special. We will have to replace an All-State shortstop that hit over .400 his junior and senior year. The good thing is we get to watch Kole start his college career at Dyersburg State.”

Drew Ladd

“Drew Ladd was one of the best at first base. He had picked so many baseballs that saved runs and his range also allowed us to be better defensively. Drew came to work everyday, never complaining and he will truly be missed over at first.”

Eli Powell

“Eli Powell has a mindset that I wish I could install in every baseball player we have. When his toes hit the rubber, I know we got a good shot of winning. The energy he brought to the team is unmatched. I can’t wait for Eli to take that energy to college and watch him grow on the mound.”

Trey Tarkington

“Trey Tarkington is another guy that doesn’t need an introduction. The opposing team feared him on the mound and at the plate. He was the guy that could pitch 88-91 at a high school level yet  always carried himself like a professional. Trey will be missed dearly but he is attending Dyersburg State so we get to watch him a little longer.”

Trent Wilson

“Trent Wilson is a blue collar guy that makes our program very successful. He showed up everyday and worked hard. I know I will be talking about him for years to come. Trents commitment and his love for his teammates are what every program desires.”

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