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Jones gives intensity to Wolverines

April 28, 2014

Derek Jones

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

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