CHHS baseball teams honored at banquet
The Charles Henderson baseball season officially came to an end Saturday night as the freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads all met at the Troy Recreation Center for the annual banquet.
Varsity head coach Derek Irons was the host for the evening, introducing each of the teams and speaking about the different accomplishments each had during their respective seasons.
Before he got to the teams, the coach thanked everyone from the CHHS administration to the parents, coaches and fan support the team had all season long.
“It is very encouraging to have what we have hear at Charles Henderson. Not many teams can say they have the support that we do,” Irons said.
The first team to be introduced was the freshman squad, who was coached by Robin Snyder.
“All of these guys put in a lot of work,” Irons said.
“I am proud of what they all were able to accomplish and I am looking forward to all of the great thing they will do in the years to come.”
The JV team was next in line, and Irons said he is excited about what members from this year group will be able to do at the next level.
“These are the guys that will step up for us in the coming years,” he said.
“Both coach Snyder and coach Sam (Kitchens) have done a great job in preparing for the transition to varsity and the success (the varsity team) has had, shows that.”
There were two awards that were handed out to the JV that were both voted on by the players.
Luke Tate was awarded the Most Improved award, while Michael Thomas received the Teammate of the Year award.
Last but not least, there was the varsity team.
“Every time this team accomplished something, I told them to stay focused,” Irons said to the crowd.
“I told them there would be a time to reflect, and that one of those times is tonight.”
The Trojans finished with a 34-10 overall record, and ended the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the ASWA poll for the final three weeks of the season.
But there were other accomplishments that Irons was proud of.
“I was amazed at this team’s focus and they way they fought,” he said.
“They always competed and never gave in.”
Irons pointed out that this season’s team never dropped back-to-back games in the 44 games it played and that 13 of its wins came against ranked opponents.
“When you win 20 games, that’s a pretty good season. But when you win 30 games, that’s a great season,” the coach said. “And that’s what this season was – great.”
There were five awards given out, like the JV award, all voted upon by the team with the exception of the last two.
Blake Hutchinson received the Most Improved Player Award.
Jawara White received the Teammate of the Year award and Chance Shaver and Mitch McLeod both received the Team Captain awards.
The final two awards were known as the “Stat Awards.”
Shaver received the Hit By Pitch Award for standing his ground the most in the batter’s box and also one the Most Productive Hitter Award for the most quality at bats.
After the varsity team was honored, Irons turned his attention to the one of his assistant coaches, Brandon Stevens, who will not be returning to the team next season to spend more time with his family.
As a tribute to Stevens, several of his old players came to the podium to share their memories to the crowd about their time with Stevens.
Two of the players who spoke were William Till and K.D. Edenfield.