CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Donny Everrett has been spending much of the summer working on his pitching.
He’s also spent much of the summer being named to various all-state teams, and Sunday afternoon Everrett learned that he was included on one of the bigger all-state teams in Tennessee. The Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association included Everrett on its all-state list in Class AAA.
Everrett finished his junior year helping the Wildcats reclaim the District 10 regular season and tournament championships, while also helping to guide Clarksville to the Region 5 title game and a Class AAA sectional appearance.
“It’s a great honor – he had a unbelievable year,” Clarksville coach Brian Hetland said. “He got better and better during his junior year and he came into the sectional game with an 11-0 run and didn’t give up an earned run in the sectional.”
The 6-foot-4 Vanderbilt commit has been honored twice already this month to all-state teams, including by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches’ Association and Tennessee Baseball Report. He was The Leaf-Chronicle All-Area Pitcher of the Year and a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist.
Clarksville started the season ranked in the top five in the state in Class AAA and reached No. 1 for two weeks during the regular season. Everrett’s marquee name played a large part in that initial state ranking.
“Just knowing we had a guy with his capabilities on the mound helped get us that recognition,” Hetland said. “People knew who he was after his good sophomore campaign, but in the end we had a lot of great players to go along with Donny. There was a bunch of support around him and we had a lot of wins outside of the 11 he produced on the mound.”
Everrett finished the season with an 11-1 record, five shutouts and a 0.61 ERA. He pitched 68.2 innings while striking out 105 batters, and his opponents batted only .152.
Everrett’s success extended beyond the mound. At the plate, he was effective with a .357 batting average, 27 runs scored and 36 hits. He also finished with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 26 RBIs while earning All-District and All-Tournament honors. He was also the district’s Pitcher of the Year.
Most expect Everrett to be drafted next summer prior to his enrollment at Vanderbilt, but Hetland said his star pitcher is committed to playing at Vanderbilt — a team that just won the program’s first ever NCAA national title by defeating Virginia in the College World Series last month.
“There’s a lot of things that have to come before then,” Hetland said. “With progression he’ll have the chance to have that decision, but I know he’s committed to Vanderbilt. The family really wants him to get his education and there are few institutions in this country as good as Vandy. He’s really set on that right now, and I think the pro teams know that he’s very committed to Vanderbilt. It would take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a perfect situation, for him to pass that up.”
Everett also has been selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic Aug. 10 in the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park along with 53 of the nation’s top high school baseball players. But because of TSSAA rules, Everrett will not participate in the actual game. However, Hetland said Everrett is already in San Diego and will take part in the pregame festivities as well as the practice sessions.
George Robinson. Prep Writer. 245-0747. email@example.com. Follow on Facebook and Twitter: @Cville_Sports.