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MABEN â Players do not come much more intense than East Websterâs Derek Jones.
No matter whether he is on the court or on the diamond, the Wolverine junior gives it his all.
âIt doesnât really matter what sport he is playing, he is wide open all the time,â East Webster coach Wes Johnson said.
For the baseball season, Jones has translated that style which he labels as âup-tempo, pumped and crazyâ 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 juniorâs skill level and the diversity he brings to the plate.
âHe has gotten to where now he is learning to do things on his own,â Johnson said. âHe is bunting on his own. He has probably gotten 20 bunt hits this season. That is a real weapon in the two hole.â
Jones is no one-trick pony. Replace his bat for a glove and as an outfielder, he chases every ball hit down.
âHe is a very good defensive outfielder,â Johnson said. âHe 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
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