Starkville Daily News - - IN THE PARK -

Slay caught be­hind the plate af­ter their big sea­sons.

It was just ex­cit­ing for he and Du­mas to be on the same team as they’ve spent so many years to­gether from recre­ation league all the way up through high school. In this game, they got a chance to rep­re­sent their di­vi­sion and their county.

The same was felt by coach John­son who has tried to fig­ure out a way to get on base against Knight or to keep Du­mas off of those bases.

“We played against those guys a lot so it’s nice to be on their team and let them know you’ve got their best in­ter­est in mind,” John­son said. “It was a good op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether with all of our guys in the di­vi­sion.”

Now coach John­son will watch Du­mas, Knight and his son, Walker, on the same team for the next two sea­sons as they head to De­catur to play for East Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He re­flected on watch­ing Walker and Tan­ner grow up over the years and how they’ve got­ten to their next stage in life and sports.

“I coached Tan­ner from 7-years-old to ju­nior high,” coach John­son said. “When he was young, he was a pretty good pitcher. He and Walker are so dif­fer­ent. Now they’re go­ing to end up at the same place. From not even know­ing how to put their uni­form on to get­ting a chance to play col­lege base­ball, it’s cool to see how far they’ve come.”

P. Smith, SDN) (Photo by Danny

Tucker Craig of Sports­cen­ter checks with his coach for a signal while play­ing de­fense dur­ing Tues­day’s Coach-Pitch 8-un­der base­ball game at McKee Park.

(Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)

Aaron Barnes swings the bat for Sports­cen­ter dur­ing Tues­day’s Coach-Pitch 8-un­der base­ball game at McKee Park.

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