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Three Pirates pitchers earn college scholarships

The Pike County High School auditorium was packed with family and friends as three Pirates baseball players signed letters of intent Friday, Nov. 18. Trevor Bagwell earned a scholarship to play with Troy University. Jake Carden earned a scholarship to play with LaGrange College. Mason Trucks earned a scholarship to play for Walters State Community College.They were all pitchers who helped the Pirates earn two state championships.

“What an awesome turnout for these awesome young men. Their hard work and dedication has paid off with scholarships to three awesome schools,” said Pirates head coach Don Hanson. “Without the commitment of coaches and people who had an impact on their lives, they would not have made it to where they are today. I know Christ is going to be first in their lives and that’s huge. The impact they are going to make at their schools is going to go far beyond the game of baseball.”


Trevor Bagwell is the son of Bruce and Rita Bagwell and hopes to pursue a career in criminal justice at Troy University.

“First and foremost I’d like to thank God for the ability and skills to play the game. My teammates for always encouraging me and having my back and my coaches for all the time they invested in teaching me. And my parents, sister and grandparents for always being supportive.”
As a Pirates pitcher, Trevor led the team to many victories.

“Trevor never ceases to amaze us at the level of skills he has acquired game after game and his confidence grows with each game,” said his mom Rita. “He loves to play the drums at church as much as he loves to play baseball.”


Jake is the son of Chase and Kim Carden. He hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy at LaGrange College.

“I am so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to continue doing what I love and that is play baseball. I want to thank all of my family and friends for believing in me and helping me along the way. But most importantly, I want to thank God. Without him, nothing I have ever accomplished in my life would be possible and baseball is just one of those things,” said Jake. “Playing baseball is not only a physical sport but its also a mental game. That white 5 oz ball has taught me so much more about life than I could have ever thought. It has created friendships that will last a life time, taught me life lessons that I will carry until I die and it has truly shown me what it means to be a teammate.”

Jake was a strong pitcher for the two-time state championship team.

“This journey has been so much more than just baseball. The perseverance and hard work, the long days, the friendships made, the big wins and the tough losses, the team prayers – every moment has mattered. We can’t wait to see him play at the next level and take what he’s gained as part of the Pike baseball family and his Home Plate team with him to LaGrange College. We are grateful to the Lord for every opportunity he has given to Jake,” said his parents.


Mason Trucks is the son of Lewis and Lisa Trucks. He hopes to earn a General Studies degree at Walters State Community College and pursue a career in baseball and welding.

“I would like to thank God for putting me on this path with the family, friends and coaches I’ve been blessed with,” said Mason. “Baseball has definitely taught me leadership skills.”
Mason was a standout pitcher for the Pirates.

“Words cannot express how proud we are of Mason and all that he has accomplished,” said his mother Lisa Trucks. “He continues to amaze us with his ambition and drive.”

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