Stepping onto the baseball diamond for the last time can be a sad feeling for seniors. For Seniors Jerry Davis, Royale Jackson, Nick Thurston, and Jay Sedwick, April 27, 2017 was their last game as high school baseball players.
Jackson and Davis are not finished playing America’s favorite past-time, however, as they are going on to play at Vernon College as Center Fielder and Right Fielder respectively.
“It is exciting that I will be playing college ball with someone I already know,” said Davis, referring to playing with Jackson in college.
Sedwick and Jackson played all four years of high school baseball together, and recalled the team comradery as one of the best parts of their season.
“What I’m going to miss most about Grace Prep baseball is probably riding the bus with my team,” said senior Nick Thurston. “It was fun to make jokes about each other while we were riding to the games. I’d say that’s how we bonded best.”
Varsity finished the season 4-6. The seniors and the coach both thought they could have performed much better. The past two years, they have made the playoffs, but not this year.
“The reality is that we did not play well at the right moments,” said Coach Eric Darjean. “It is not as if we did not have the right team. We just didn’t play well at certain times.”
One of the hi-lights was when Thurston hit a back-to-back home run against Temple.
“Our last game versus Temple, Nick Thurston hit two home runs back-to-back,” said Junior John Bearrie. “After his first home run, coach asked him if he wanted to end his career on that. He said yes, but there were no subs in the next inning, so he had to bat again, and he hit a grand slam, and THAT was a great way to end the season.”
Lions agreed that another great part of the season was when they volunteered for Miracle League last month, aiding baseball players with disabilities to help them play a full game.
“We did help at a Miracle League, and that is something I look forward to,” said Junior Chandler Wilberding. “It is something we’ve done for three years. It’s so much fun working with the kids in that game because their high spirits are inspirational.”
Coach Darjean always encourages his players to serve their community, like helping with Miracle League and serving at Mission Arlington, which really builds up the team.