The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This particular article will focus on the Gallatin Green Wave baseball seniors.
“Every program has kids that come in as freshmen, and by senior year they are assistant coaches,” Gallatin coach Mark Wilson said. “Ethan and Luke were no different. They knew what the expectations were, and had gone through the ups and downs that come with a season. They were ready to lead the younger players on and off the field. Not having that was a loss for our program.”
Ethan Huddleston and his brother, Noah, played for coach Wilson. The bond built over time with both players and family goes beyond the wins and losses.
“You get to know moms and dads over the years and start to depend upon them to be an alias for your program,” Wilson said. “They become your program supporters, contributors, they give rides, help with meals, they have done it all. I am thankful for them.”
Huddleston will continue his baseball career at Volunteer State Community College this fall. As a shortstop for the Green Wave, Wilson adds that he is a jack of all trades and can be used at many different positions on the field.
“I am not sure where he will fit in the Vol State lineup, but he is capable of playing numerous positions. He can play those positions because he can adapt to any situation,” Wilson said. “He is phenomenal at charging a baseball and throwing on the run. He is capable of taking what he learns from a teammate or opponent and adding it to his game - that is what makes him so good.”
Luke Springer started his career catching for the Green Wave, but a labrum injury forced him into the field. Despite changing his position, Wilson says he flourished in his new role, and he was excited to see how this season played out.
“Great first basemen make great infielders,” he said. “Whether it was his athletic ability or the skills learned as a catcher, he was making quality plays at first base for us. I was looking forward to seeing that play out through the season.”
Springer will also continue his athletic career at the next level, playing football for Austin Peay State University.
“Luke was already a confident athlete, but the confidence he built on the football field this season showed,” Wilson added. “If he plays all four years at Austin Peay, I think by the time his senior year ends, you are going to have some people wondering how Austin Peay landed a player like Luke.”