Dylan Ward isn’t done with baseball just yet.
The recent Pioneer graduate has been selected to compete in the eighth annual MidTN Senior All-Star Classic June 8 in Hendersonville. Ward was nominated by coach Trice Powers and was selected last week.
“I think it’s awesome (for Dylan). I’d like to keep nominating our guys every year,” said Powers. “You never know what can happen at the game. Somebody may see him and like him and try to get him on board.”
Ward is coming off an all-district season for the Pioneers where he served as one of the primary members of the rotation. Ward led the team in innings pitched (50.1) and had a 4.03 ERA with 35 strikeouts.
The game has served as a senior showcase for several years, featuring many players already signed and a few more looking for the opportunity to get a look.
Ward is the latter, though his main objective is to represent with pride.
“I was honored to know I was even nominated for this. It made me happy to know the coaches thought of me,” said Ward. “When I got the text I had been selected for the team, I immediately told my family. They’ve always supported me in everything. I want to thank all my coaches for always pushing me to be better, my community for supporting me and my dad for always going the extra mile – he showed me that hard work always pays off.
“Baseball is in my blood. I will do my very best for the team.”
Ward has already made plans to attend Motlow next fall. The opportunity to play baseball for the Bucks is being discussed.
“I will meet with the Motlow coaches this week. My plan is hopefully play for them while taking advantage of the two free years and then transfer to a four-year school. And, of course, play baseball if I can,” said Ward.
Ward will play for the Class AAA All-Stars. The game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
The title of all-star will take some time to sink in for Ward, who is a consummate team player.
“I don’t really consider myself an all-star. I play with some amazing guys. When I’m on the mound, I know they always have my back,” said Ward.
Ward will get another shot to do what he loves – take the diamond.