The Malone baseball team finished the year 14-10, falling in the district tournament this season. But the squad's a young one, losing just three seniors. One of those is a key loss in Brett Henry, who's leadership and talent led the Tigers this year.
"Coming up from 9th grade, I never really thought I would pitch," said Brett.
But pitch senior Brett Henry did this year for Malone- finishing with a team best 6-2 record, with a 2.25 ERA and fanning 63 batters along the way.
"We needed him to be more of a starter this year, and he stepped up and threw in some of our biggest games," said head coach Max Harkrider. "He was just our constant. We could always go to him, and we felt like we have a real good chance of winning when we was on the mound."
Brett also gave the Tigers a good shot at winning from the plate- batting .353 this season, and driving in a team best 25 runs. Those team leading stats transferred over to a team leader- as Brett served as co-captain of the young Tiger squad.
"I try to provide with as much of an influence as possible," said Brett. "We always look up to the seniors. If I didn't know what I was doing, what would the seniors be doing? That's what I try to play a role as."
"He's made himself into a very good baseball player, and an even better person," said Coach Harkrider. "Everybody looks up to him because he works hard. He does whatever you ask him to do, and does it 110%, never asks why or what, he just does it. As a coach, that's a dream."
Brett's not just giving 110% on the baseball diamond, as he's also giving 110% to his studies, balancing a 3.74 GPA as a dual enrolled student who also dedicates time to the family business.
"My dad and my mom, they really inspired me to do well because they wanted me to go to college," Brett said. "My dad really works hard, so he really inspired me to work hard."
"He takes pride in whatever he does, whether it's writing a paper, whether it's dragging the field, whether it's doing drills," said Coach Harkrider. "He's the type of guy you hate to see go, but you're excited to see what he's going to do in the future. Whatever he plans to go into, he's going to do very well at."
Just like his pitching dominance- doing well at whatever he decides to do. Brett says he has a few scheduled tryouts with college teams coming up, but wherever he decides to go to college, he plans on studying criminal justice.