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Crouse, Hatchel join area’s elite seniors

Crouse, Hatchel join area’s elite seniors

Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:00 pm

By RANDY CAVIN
Press Sports
The 2012 high school baseball season may be over, but not for two local high school baseball players.
Greenfield’s Heath Crouse and Dresden’s Gatlin Hatchel will each get one more chance to put on a baseball uniform. Both recent graduates have been selected to play in the Fifth Annual West Tennessee High School All-Star Game hosted by the Jackson Generals.
The two teams that will play in the game, which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Thursday at Pringles Park, will be made up of high school seniors from across West Tennessee. Freed-Hardeman coach Jonathan Estes will coach the Red Team, while Bethel’s Rusty Thompson will coach the Gray Team.
Willie Trevathan, head coach at Greenfield, said he nominated Crouse along with the rest of his seniors and Crouse was the lucky one to be selected.
“He was excited and hoped to be able to do this,” the coach said. “It is such a prestigious honor to be able to play in this game. Heath is very deserving of this.”
Crouse was a pivotal part of the Yellowjackets’ season, batting .517 with 46 RBIs and seven home runs. He also went 6-0 on the mound with a 2.19 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
Crouse helped the ’Jackets win their fourth consecutive District 14A tourney championship this past season.
“He accomplished so much in his career,” Trevathan said. “This is the icing on the cake for him.”
Hatchel helped the Lions make a run in the District 13A tourney, but came up short against Clarksburg.
Hatchel played shortstop and pitched for the Lions in 2012 and signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of the Cumberlands this fall.
Hatchel also played quarterback for the Lions and led the team to their first appearance in the Class 2A state championship game.
Dresden head coach Scott Killebrew also nominated Hatchel for the all-star game and is extremely proud of his player.
“Gatlin is a real solid player and is always focused on what he is doing on the field,” Killebrew said. “I am proud for him even though his numbers were down this year. But that is not indicative of the type of player he is.”
“Gatlin’s batting average was down from what I consider to be normal for him. It is not because he did not hit the ball; it was because he hit the ball hard, but right at people.” Published in The WCP 6.5.12

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