Covering High School Sports in America
Photo Courtesy of Danny Parker

Hayden Stone, Columbia Central

Team Tennessee posted a perfect 10-0 record to win the annual Junior Sunbelt Series baseball tournament in McAlester, Okla. It was the second straight year the Tennesseans won with a 10-0 record and they are 29-1 over the last three years.

The champs defeated teams from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Canada.

Manager Chris Parker, who is the new head coach at Forrest (Chapel Hill, Tenn.), told MaxPreps, "We had some boys the last three years who didn't treat (the games) like a showcase. They played hard and all fit into roles. They wanted to represent our coaches association and the state of Tennessee."

Their unselfish efforts enabled Team Tennessee to become the only team in series history to go unbeaten and now they have done it twice.

Photo Courtesy of Danny Parker

Will Haynie, Brentwood Academy

Parker estimates that at least 40 colleges scouted the games, many from Division I schools. He said that of the 21 players on his roster, 18 or 19 are Division I prospects.

The champs had the tournament's top pitcher and hitter.

Will Haynie, a rising senior from Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.), was named MVP. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound catcher kept opponents from stealing throughout the week. He also batted .450 with three doubles, two home runs, four runs and four walks. He drove in 11 runs with just nine hits.

The most valuable pitcher was Hayden Stone, a rising senior from Columbia Central (Columbia, Tenn.), who stymied Arizona 7-2 in the title game. The 6-1, 180-pound right-hander had two wins and a save. In 10 2/3 innings, the University of Tennessee recruit struck out 14, walked none and gave up just two unearned runs.