THOMASVILLE — Prior to a Region 1-AAAAA baseball game against Bainbridge on Thursday night, the Thomas County Central Baseball team held a very special first pitch ceremony for the life of Coach Devyn Newberry, who took the field for the Yellow Jackets as player from 2008-11 and a coach from 2017-18.

As a coach, Newberry brought a fiery personality for competition as he worked with outfielders and coordinated the baserunning game that resulted in record highs for the Yellow Jackets with 78 stolen bases during the 2018 season. 

While Newberry moved on after the 2018 season to become the head coach at Baconton Charter, his impact on the program continues today. Most of all, Devyn is remembered by coaches and players for his contagious smile that made people excited to be around him.

Coach Newberry’s parents, Donna and Greg, along with his fiance, Emily Blecha, threw out the first pitch and were presented with a framed jersey from Newberry’s time on the Yellow Jacket coaching staff.

Following the ceremony, the Yellow Jackets rode a strong pitching performance to defeat the Bainbridge Bearcats 3-0.

2020欧冠名单Jake Green pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.

2020欧冠名单While the game was a pitching duel through the first five innings, Thomas County broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth. After Hayes Barwick reached on a hit by pitch to start the inning, Nic Gable followed with a single to left field, bringing the top of the Jackets’ batting order to the plate. 

Shane Stephenson executed a bunt down the third base line, loading the bases for Mack McDowell, who cleared the bases with a double to right-center field.

The Yellow Jackets, who moved to 5-2 (2-0) on the season, will be back on the diamond at home Saturday versus Worth County.