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Tyler Tipton, a former standout baseball player for both Shelby County and Collins high schools, completed his sophomore season at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College in May. He’ll play his final two seasons for the University of Kentucky.
Tipton, a communications major, could compete for a chance to start at shortstop for the Wildcats next spring.
Sentinel-NewsSports Writer Josh Cook recently caught up with Tipton.
Sentinel-News:What are you up to right now?
Tyler Tipton:“I’m in Lexington working out with the team and taking summer classes.”
S-N:How is it going there?
TT:“Everything is going great. I’m excited to be down here and have this opportunity.”
S-N:With yourself, Shelby County graduate Trey Bailey and recent Collins grad Austin Perry over there Lexington seems to be becoming Shelbyville East, what do you think about that?
TT:“It’s awesome having those guys from high school on the team. We’re all from there, we all kind of had that dream to play for UK, now we all have that opportunity and we want to make the most of it.”
S-N:What was your time at Itawamba like?
TT:“It was a great experience going down there. I met a lot of people I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life. I played against a lot of good competition and had good coaches.”
S-N:What’s your goal for next season?
TT:“My goal is to go in there, work as hard as I can work and take my game as far as I can take it.”
S-N:You were on two state-winning American Legion teams, do you miss not playing Legion ball this summer?
TT:“I do miss playing Legion ball. I had a great four-year experience, we won two state tournaments, I don’t know a lot of people who have done that.”
S-N:What are things like at UK this summer, are there a lot of guys from the team working out?
TT:“A lot of players are out playing in different summer leagues. We’re working out with the trainers, they’re pushing us very hard and it’s a lot of fun.”
S-N:I saw you at some of Collins’ postseason games, what was it like to see the Titans make it to the State Tournament?
TT:“It was awesome. It’s nice to tell people I’m from that school. It was great to represent that program and see them make a name for the school.”
S-N:Your former roommate at Itawamba, Zach Randolph, was on the Mississippi State team that finished as national runner-up to UCLA in the recent College World Series, what was it like to see him make it to Omaha?
TT:“It was pretty awesome.”
S-N:So does that give you something to shoot for now?
TT:“My dream is to definitely play in Omaha.”