MABEN â€“ Players do not come much more intense than East Websterâ€™s Derek Jones.
No matter whether he is on the court or on the diamond, the Wolverine junior gives it his all.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t really matter what sport he is playing, he is wide open all the time,â€ť East Webster coach Wes Johnson said.
For the baseball season, Jones has translated that style which he labels as â€śup-tempo, pumped and crazyâ€ť into a .353 batting average, but he is not ready to stop there.
Just this year alone, Johnson has seen a tremendous growth in the juniorâ€™s skill level and the diversity he brings to the plate.
â€śHe has gotten to where now he is learning to do things on his own,â€ť Johnson said. â€śHe is bunting on his own. He has probably gotten 20 bunt hits this season. That is a real weapon in the two hole.â€ť
Jones is no one-trick pony. Replace his bat for a glove and as an outfielder, he chases every ball hit down.
â€śHe is a very good defensive outfielder,â€ť Johnson said. â€śHe is the best one I have had in a while. He has a lot of range and has really kind of sharpened his skills on what he is going to have to do if you play on the next level.â€ť
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