Six graduating players on the Long County High School baseball team were recognized last week during Senior Night.
Seniors honored were John Christiansen, Shane Deloach, Luke Golden, Shawn Mills, Chase Rogers and Jacob Turner. All were members of the baseball team for their entire high-school careers.
• Christiansen was escorted by his mother, Kimberly Christiansen. After graduation, John plans on attending college to study pre-medicine and major in biology. His advice to future players was, “Whether you strike out or hit a homerun, steal a base or get picked off, make sure you have fun doing it.”
• Deloach was escorted by his mother, Tina Groover. Shane plans on becoming a physical therapist.
He told upcoming players, “Be ready to work hard and keep your grades up.”
• Golden, who was escorted by his parents, Paula and David Golden, also was a member of the Blue Tide football team, BETA Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He will attend Georgia Southern University.
“Your time playing baseball will go by fast, work hard when someone is watching and even harder when no one is looking,” Luke said to future players.
• Mills was escorted by his parents, Shandale and Shawn Mills. He also was a member of the football team and the BETA Club. Shawn plans on becoming a physical therapist. His advice to future players and his brother was, “Always give 100 percent because you never know who is watching … to Austin, stay strong behind the plate and know you will be great. I love you.”
• Rogers was escorted by his parents, Tori Rogers and Jason Rogers. Chase plans to study to become a nurse. His advice to future players was, “Live it up while you can; it doesn’t last as long as you think it will.”
• Turner was escorted by his parents, Sandie and Joey Turner. He was a member of the football team, the BETA Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jacob plans on attending Georgia Southern University to become a high-school teacher/coach. He quoted Jackie Robinson: “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.”
“It was a true blessing to have coached these six young men,” Blue Tide coach Brian Thomas said. “I am so proud of them for their dedication to our program. I’m sure that they will truly be missed.”