CHHS star Joey Denison inks with Southern Union

Published 11:04 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Joey Denison signed a baseball scholarship with Southern Union on Wednesday morning. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Joey Denison signed a baseball scholarship with Southern Union on Wednesday morning. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)


The relief could be seen in Joey Denison’s face as he walked the halls of Charles Henderson High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Denison had weighed the pros and cons of what he called the “toughest decision ever” for nearly three weeks.

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The quiet senior had a choice of where to further his academic and athletic dreams at two different schools and in two different sports.

Denison had offers from Jacksonville State to play football, as well as an offer from Southern Union Community College for baseball.

“It was without a doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make,” said Denison. “I love football, but I feel that baseball is the path for me. I think that I have a better chance of bigger goals on the diamond.”

Denison has been a staple in the Charles Henderson lineup, and at first base, for more than two years.

Also during that span, Denison has shined on the football field for the Trojans as a middle linebacker.

“My dad is a football coach but he didn’t push me in any direction,” said Denison. “My mom and dad let me make my mind up. They love me and wanted this to be my call.”

Charles Henderson baseball head coach Derek Irons said that Denison will be a great addition to the Bison lineup for “baseball reasons” and others.

“Joey has worked hard for the entire time he has been at Charles Henderson,” said Irons. “It is great to see the hard work pay off with all these opportunities. He makes good grades, he works hard in the weight room and is a great kid to be around.”

Denison has wowed the crowds at Fraizer Field this season with a display of power that has resulted in numerous long balls for the Trojans.

Several times during the season, Denison has settled in the batter’s box with Charles Henderson needing a big hit to tie or take the lead late in the game.

“I try not think when I’m at the plate,” said Denison. “I like to remain calm and just focus on the release point of the pitcher. It’s just you and him for those few seconds. I try to win that battle every time.”