Perhaps the most competitive high school baseball season in District 7-AAA became an injury filled one in the final week of the league season.
Blackman catcher/pitcher Austin Reynolds may lead the list of those injured. Reynolds hit .405 in the regular season with a home run and six doubles. He’s also been chosen for the Sun Belt Tournament, held in Oklahoma in June.
Reynolds sustained a fractured bone between his wrist and forearm. He has been told by doctors he can still play if he can endure the pain. He played in the first game against La Vergne on Tuesday, but sat out the remaining two games.
“We figure we’ll get him 10 days of extra rest,” Blackman coach Justin Entrekin said. “He’s going to to try and give it a go (in the tournament).”
Blackman outfielder Jamie Kent sustained a groin injury and also sat out during the La Vergne series. Like Reynolds, Kent should be available for the tournament.
However, Riverdale sophomore Dylan King won’t be available. King (3-1) sustained a broken growth plate in his throwing elbow and will miss the remainder of the season.
King had worked his way up the Warriors’ pitching rotation and was a No. 3-4 arm for the team. He also played second base for the Warriors. King, who is the younger brother of Georgia Tech freshman Jonathan King, had a 1.02 ERA with a save in 27 1/3 innings pitched.
Siegel pitcher Collin Stoecker (3-3) strained his UCL and will miss the rest of the season. Stoecker had been second in the Stars’ rotation this season.
However, Siegel may get pitcher Brent Stockstill back in the rotation. Stockstill, who is coming off ACL surgery, threw three innings in relief last week. He may be able to start a game in the district tournament, Siegel coach Craig Reavis said.
Tickets remain for All Sports Banquet
Less than 140 tickets remain for The Daily News Journal’s 20th annual All Sports Banquet presented by First Tennessee Bank.
The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. May 2 at Middle Tennessee Christian School. Tickets must be purchased from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at The Daily News Journal at 224 N. Walnut in Murfreesboro.
Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased with cash or check.
University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is this year’s guest speaker. The banquet honors MVPs in each TSSAA sport and swimming for high schools located in Rutherford County and Cannon County. Players of the year in each sport also will be chosen, along with a male and female athlete of the year, Travis Weber Courage Award recipient and a male and female President’s Cup recipient.
Baker king of 1,600
Oakland High standout runner Brock Baker was named the king of the Oakland prom on Friday night.
On Saturday, he ran the fastest 1,600 meters in Tennessee high school track and field history.
Baker, an Oklahoma signee and two-time state track champion, won the mile in 4:06.77 at the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville, edging out Jacob Thomson of Holy Cross High School in Louisville.
His time was a personal best and converts to a 4:05.34 for the 1,600, which is also his personal best. The 1,600 conversion time is the fourth best recorded in the nation and sets a Tennessee state record.
“I was shaking it on the dance floor,” Baker joked.
The previous best had been set by former Brentwood Academy standout Andrew Bumbalough (4:05.75).
“I didn’t even know it was a full mile until about an hour after the race,” Baker said. “I thought I’d missed (the record) by a second. Then I was told it was a mile and the conversion time got me the record.
“There were a lot of smiles and high fives. It’s pretty special to run the fastest mile in Tennessee history.”
Blaze duo get offers
A pair of Blackman football players recently picked up college football offers.
Rising junior Jauan Jennings (6-foot-3, 188) has picked up offers from both Duke and Vanderbilt. Rising senior Antonio Allen (6-2, 230) has collected an offer from Appalachian State.
Jennings was a DNJ All-Area football second team selection. Allen, who was the District 7-AAA Defensive MVP, was on the DNJ All-Area football first team.
All-Star basketball game planned
Zion Christian Ministries International will be holding what it is calling All Star Weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Oakland High School for high school basketball senior boys attending a high school in Murfreesboro.
A skills challenge, including a 3-point contest and slam dunk contest, will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on May 4. The all-star game will be held at 6 p.m. on May 5. Admission is $5 each night with children under 12 getting in free. Students wearing their team shirt can get in for $3.
Seniors from Blackman, Central Magnet, Holloway, MTCS, Oakland, Providence Christian, Riverdale and Siegel were invited to participate.
The North Boro team is comprised of Oakland’s Dontae Lippert and Josh Howse, Siegel’s Tae Martin, John A. Simpson, Robert Brandon and Damien Clark and MTCS’ Reed Siler and Ty Hageman.
The South Boro team is made up of Blackman’s Justin Coleman, Quindell Cousin, K.J. Dowdy, Josh Maher, Alec McMiller and Darius Thompson, Riverdale’s Tomaz Gray, Cameron Watkins, Michael Wood and Logan Thigpen and Holloway’s Drew Gooch, Kenneth Hendrix and Joseph Almidial.