Whitesboro’s Jayse Ward: Athlete Spotlight Presented By McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

New coach Kevin Romine will be completing his first full year as the new baseball coach at Whitesboro and he has a lot to say about the team and his standout first baseman Jayse Ward.

“After going to the state tournament twice last year, we graduated six players and had one out with injury going into last fall and a lot of people wrote us off. But we almost pulled it off again. Jayse was on the mound against McCurtain in the regional finals. He was nearing his pitch limit but had an 0-2 count on the batter. The next pitch, the guy hit a flair into short left to score the winning run that kept us home. Jayse is a big part of that success. Last year as a sophomore he led the team in batting average, RBIs and on-base percentage. At 6-4, he’s got great vertical range at first base and my infielders know that if they can get it in Jayse’s vicinity chances are we’ll get the guy out. I’ve been coaching for over 20 years and he’s in the top three of the most coachable kids I’ve ever had. He brings an exceptional work ethic to the field and I never have to worry about him being ready, He’s just that kind of guy that you want on your team,” said Romine.

Before he hits the diamond, Ward (and a good number of the baseball team members) still have some unfinished business on the hardwoods as the Bulldogs will be playing in the state basketball tournament which begs the question which sport do you like best?

“I probably like basketball a little bit more than baseball because my whole family played it. My sister Brittany played at Mid-American Christian University in Oklahoma City and my brother Tyler was a three-sport athlete in high school.”

Though just a junior, Ward has a leadership role for the Bulldogs especially since he has been to the state tournament. And he also has an unusual personal goal he would like to achieve this spring.

“I think having been to state helps in dealing with the youngsters. I can tell them how hard it is to get there and what it takes. I’d like to hit at least 15 triples this season because if I’m hitting triples that should mean a lot of RBIs too.”

With the extended basketball season, it means baseball will be a little slow to get rolling but that’s okay with Romine who admires his players desire to win.

“I know that we’ll get a late start but that shows me that these guys are winners and we’ll find a way to get back to state in baseball too. We’ve just got two sports here but I think even if we had a badminton team these guys would find a way to win at that.”