“They should be mentioned at every opportunity.”
That’s what Glasgow baseball coach Sam Royse had to say about the legacy his impressive senior trio of Tanner Abernathy, Nik Sorrell and Jaden Franklin will leave behind at the school.
All three were multi-sport athletes who managed to be three of the better athletes not only at Glasgow, but throughout the entire 4th Region.
“You just knew that they were going to be great every time they stepped on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball field,” Royse said.
Unfortunately for the trio, they will not be able to finish their athletic career as Scotties due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down all spring sports for the 2019-20 school year.
“It ended on a bad note in basketball against Allen County in basketball, and I wanted to finish stronger in baseball,” Franklin said. “We would've had a very successful season. I just wanted to spend that time with my brothers for one last go-around.”
However, adversity is nothing new for these Scotties as they all three have dealt with their fair share of hardships.
Sorrell suffered an injury on the basketball court in his freshman season, Abernathy just recently recovered from a devastating leg injury which ended his football season and Franklin had to comeback from two lower body injuries suffered in both football and basketball.
“But you never heard one complaint from them,” Royse said. “They went out and had great seasons in baseball.”
All three players were returning from strong junior campaigns as they were the top hitters on the team from the 2019 season. They all had a batting average greater than .388 while also accounting for over half of the Scotties returning runs scored from last year. But they also represent the team’s greatest strength in 2020 which was the outfield.
“We had a lot of kids coming back who had a lot of ability, but the outfield was totally set with Tanner Abernathy, Nik Sorrell and Jaden Franklin,” Royse said. “With those athletes, we had a pretty good-looking outfield for high school baseball. They were all also outstanding defensively.”
Not to be left out is the rest of the Scottie seniors: Lucas Goodson, Justin Coop and Weston Widen. Tucker Kirkpatrick also would've been a senior on the diamond as well, but according to Royse he was sitting out the season due to injuries he sustained in baseball.
“I’m going to miss them equally as well,” Royse said. “I’m just as grateful to the other three seniors who have meant so much to this program. They have been training so hard since August.”
Goodson in particular was set for promising senior year after improving vastly over the offseason.
“Goodson worked and trained so hard for this season,” Royse said. “He has pitched some really good innings for us in the past, and he was coming into this season as good as he had ever been. He has never been more in control of his body.”
Not only was Goodson set for a good year on the mound, but according to Royse players like Franklin, Sorrell, Cole Bunch and Ashton Cerwinske were all set to be the Scotties best pitchers.
While being strong on the mound and in the outfield, the infield had more question marks with younger players having to step up into starting roles. Cole Stephens at catcher and Tyler Lane at first base were slated to lead that young group.
Even with an infield that needed to prove itself, the Scotties strength offensively at the plate would have led them to an improved record. Last season Glasgow finished with a losing 16-17 record while narrowly losing in the district championship and the first round of region.
“The numbers say that we were going to be a tough out offensively,” Royse said. It gives a coach a lot of confidence that we were going to very capable on paper. We would’ve been a very fun baseball team to watch.”
“We might of hit some tough spots with younger players having to step up, but we would've been better this year,” Franklin added. “I always thought the hitting was there for us.
“Everyone on this team improved so much from last season,” Abernathy said. “We definitely would've been more equipped to win district this season.”
Still, these positive thoughts of what would've been don’t provide the deserved ending to the incredibly successful athletic careers of Abernathy, Sorrell and Franklin. But despite not getting that final curtain call, their careers are filled with great successes and memories.
“It’s meant everything to me,” Franklin said of his time as a Scottie. “Through all the ups and downs, it’s pushed me to be better. I take a lot of pride in wearing that blue and white. It’s been one of the best feelings of my life to play for Glasgow High School.”
Abernathy was also able to remark on his time as an athlete at the school after transferring from Cumberland County.
“We could’ve went to other schools, but I’m so happy we picked Glasgow,” Abernathy said. “They have been nothing but good to me, and I wouldn’t trade these four years for anything.”