Maynard selected for TSWA All-State squad
by JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
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AFTER A STRONG senior season, recent Bradley Central graduate Jacob Maynard was the only baseball player in the Southeast Tennessee area to be named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams.  Banner photo, JOE CANNON
AFTER A STRONG senior season, recent Bradley Central graduate Jacob Maynard was the only baseball player in the Southeast Tennessee area to be named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
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Of the 90 players named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s four all-state baseball teams, only one was from the Southeast Tennessee area — Bradley Central’s Jacob Maynard.

“That’s a great accomplishment,” proclaimed Bear head coach Travis Adams. “Jacob had tremendous year-to-year improvement while here (at BCHS).”

“This past season he did what you expect a senior to do — he worked hard and put up good offensive numbers,” the Bear mentor stated. “He had one of the best years you could ask for in that slot (No. 3 in the batting order).”

In his second season starting in the Bradley outfield, Maynard had an impressive .564 on base percentage with a third of his 43 hits going for extra bases, plus he drew 19 free passes in 112 plate appearances.

The right-handed swinger hit at a .473 clip, with 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs. He also drove in 27 runs, while scoring 22 times himself. Along with a dozen walks, Maynard was also “plunked” seven times.

“It was a fun season, but it went by too fast” declared Maynard in a phone interview from Florida Wednesday. “I loved playing at Bradley. The coaches are great and we became very close. They were always there for me and always will be.”

“Everything was clicking at the same time this past season,” the former Bear outfielder/pitcher added. “Every time I went to the plate I felt like I’d get a hit. My confidence grew with each game. Pitching wise, I just tried to throw the ball hard and stay consistent.”

“He was our most consistent pitcher on the mound this past season,” assessed coach Adams. “He worked really hard on his pitching and did a good job for us.”

After a 6-1 start on the bump, Maynard finished the season with a 7-3 record. Posting a 1.97 earned run average, the hard-throwing right hander struck out 42 and issued 33 walks in 71 2/3 innings pitched.

Maynard is the first Bradley all-state baseball player since Ryan Casteel (2007, 2008, 2009), who is currently having a great season in his third year of professional baseball, and former Austin Peay State University player Jon Clinard (2008).

One of 23 players on the TSWA Class AAA All-State squad, Maynard is listed as one of seven outfielders along with Cameron Strickland (Farragut), Lane Thomas (Bearden), Darien Tubbs (Cookeville), Wesley Johnson (Bartlett), Grayson Moyes (Collierville) and Venn Biter (Rossview).

The rest of the team includes infielders Nick Senzel (Farragut), Bryan Reynolds (Brentwood), Parker Phillips (Collierville), Hunter Tackett (Anderson County), Chris Cook (Dobyns-Bennett); pitchers Kyle Serrano (Farragut), Brandon Hicks (Collierville), Justus Sheffield (Tullahoma), Collin Snider (Riverdale), Hayden Stone (Columbia), Logan Gentry (Dobyns-Bennett); catchers Ridge Smith (Germantown), Austin Reynolds (Blackman) and Spencer Wise (Cookeville) and utility players Trevor Sutton (Riverdale) and Will Craig (Science Hill).

Maynard also joins area softball players Hallie Davis of Walker Valley and Lydia Triplett of Polk County on the TSWA All-State lists. The pair were just two of just a half dozen Southeast Tennessee players on the four softball squads, along with Baylor’s Sarah Moore, Shaliyah Geathers of East Hamilton, plus Chattanooga Central’s Hannah Powell and Brook Womack.