UNION COUNTY — Last week the Union County High School Baseball Team recognized their 2017 Senior Class in a pregame ceremony at the Timken Sports Complex. Among those recognized, one has plans to play baseball at the next level, one will be a college wrestler, and others will attend college with the hopes of being everything from nurses to engineers.
Debo Woods, the son of Tequila Jeter and Ernest Woods, played baseball at UCHS for four years. After graduation, Debo plans to continue his academic and athletic career at Limestone University as a wrestler.
Ryan Gene Vaughan, the son of Troy and Shelly Vaughan, played baseball at UCHS for four years. After graduation, Ryan will attend Spartanburg Community College where he plans to major in agriculture.
Ethan Bailey, the son of Jeff and Kim Bailey, played baseball for four years at UCHS. After graduation, Ethan plans to attend The University of South Carolina to study nursing.
Jonathan Wages, the son of Ed and Angela Wages, played baseball at UCHS for four years. After graduation, he plans to attend USC Union to study Criminal Justice
AJ Hunter, the son of Sherri Brannon and the late Anthony Hunter, played baseball at UCHS for five years. AJ is currently undecided on where he will play college baseball.
Teddy Walker, the son of Theodore Walker Sr. and the late Phylis Hill, played baseball at UCHS for four years. After graduation, Teddy plans to attend Spartanburg Methodist College to study biology
Ricky Cardoza, the son of Richard Cardoza and Pamela Miller, played baseball at UCHS for two years. After graduation, Ricky plans to move back to Connecticut to attend college.
Chase Vinson, the son of Billy and Lisa Vinson, played baseball at UCHS for three years. After graduation, Chase plans to attend Clemson University to study engineering.
Hunter Blackwell, the son of Mark and Judy Blackwell, played baseball for three years at UCHS. After graduation, Hunter plans to attend USC Upstate or Clemson University
Logan Long, the son of Michael and Heather Long, played baseball for one year at UCHS. After graduation, Logan plans to attend the College of Charleston
Josh Sinclair, the son of Mitch and Donna Sinclair, played baseball at UCHS for one year. After graduation, Josh plans to attend Clemson University to study engineering.
Senior catcher Ethan Bailey said, “It’s been a pleasure to play at UCHS. Coach Waddle always tells us that we are not just some school in the middle of Greenville or Spartanburg, we are Union COUNTY High, we get to represent a whole county, and that’s special.”
This senior class has seen its ups and downs over their tenure at UCHS. These seniors were very excited to get a chance to play in the Class 4A playoffs. The Jackets fell to South Pointe in round one of the baseball playoffs, before defeating BHP in an elimination game. Best of luck to all the Jacket baseball seniors as they embark on the rest of their lives.
Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg.