Tony Taylor, Hunter Acy, and Josh Carpenter recently played in the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball in Corinth. Winona Tigers head coach Patrick Nutt also participated in the all-star game.
The three seniors played for the West team all-stars and won a 12-10 decision in nine innings.
The Winona Tigers got off to a great start in one of the tougher 3A districts in Mississippi. Heading into mid-April, Winona found themselves in sole possession of first place and in Nutt’s first season as head coach. In the final two weeks of the season, the Tigers missed their chance at the postseason and ended the season 7 games over .500 at 14 wins and 7 losses.
Carpenter, the East Mississippi CC signee, played a huge for role the Tigers in his final year. At the plate, Carpenter hit .426 on the season with 19 RBI and two home runs, and on the mound he stood out with 45 strikeouts and an ERA of two.
Taylor and Acy ended their career on high notes as well.
Taylor ended the season with a .465 batting average and 20 hits. Taylor, who was one of the leaders of that Tiger outfield, also finished with 12 RBI.
Acy’s senior season at Winona High ended with an astonishing .396 batting average and a 21-hit season. He also added 22 RBI.
Taylor, since arriving from Grenada, improved each season in Winona.