MURFREESBORO – Ryan Rolison didn’t win one of the inaugural Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Mr. Baseball awards, presented to the top player in each of the TSSAA’s five high school baseball classifications.
The University School of Jackson junior still came away with some hardware, though.
“It’s just an honor to be here with an elite group of talented guys like this,” said Rolison, one of three finalists in Division II Class A. “I’m glad the coaches selected me to be a finalist. It’s an honor.”
Evangelical Christian School’s Sadler Goodwin, who hit .402 with six home runs, 12 doubles and 35 RBI in 2015, won the award. Webb School of Knoxville’s Brock Beeler was the other finalist in Division II-AA.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Rolison added “It’s very special.”
Rolison, an Ole Miss commitment, compiled a 5-2 record for USJ in 2015, striking out 81 batters in 52 innings while posting a 0.77 ERA.
The all-district and all-region selection also hit .326 with six doubles, 21 RBI and 14 runs scored, helping lead the Bruins their second straight Division II-A tournament appearance.
“We’ve worked the hardest out of any team in the state I believe, to get in this situation,” Rolison said. “We kind of struggled in the beginning, but now we’re starting to figure some thing out. We’re starting to roll.”
Other winners on Tuesday included Clarksville’s Donny Everett (Class AAA), Knoxville Catholic’s Kole Cottam (Class AA), Goodpasture’s Drew Hall (Class A) and Christian Brothers’ Walter Grisani (DII-AA).
Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.