Curry baseball duo signs with Martin Methodist

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/13/17

CURRY — Gage Lynn and Mckinlee Gillespie grew up playing T-ball together at Curry.

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Curry baseball duo signs with Martin Methodist

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CURRY — Gage Lynn and Mckinlee Gillespie grew up playing T-ball together at Curry.

The duo also went through little league and high school as teammates. It’s only fitting that the two will be teammates at the collegiate level.

Lynn and Gillespie both signed a letter-of-intent with Martin Methodist College on Tuesday. They will play baseball at the NAIA school located in Pulaski, Tenn.

The duo tried out for the team on different days.

Gillespie was the first to make the trip with Curry High School head coach Clay Shearer. Lynn went week’s later with his travel team coach.

“They had no idea Mckinlee and I went to the same school at first. They didn’t know until I told them,” Lynn said.

It’s the perfect scenario for both players.

“We’re best friends,” said Gillespie, a left fielder and second baseman for Curry.

“We’re like brothers. We’ve been together our whole lives. We’ve pretty much lived together since we were 10 years old. This is absolutely perfect,” said Lynn, a left-handed pitcher for the Jackets. “I’ve wanted to play college baseball since I was about 5 years old. This is like living a dream.”

At Curry, Lynn and Gillespie were part of a senior class — along with Roman Calvert, Clay Butler, Eli Anderson and Zac Woder — that helped turn the direction of the program.

The Yellow Jackets won 46 games over the past three years under Shearer, making the playoffs each of the last two years. Curry fell one win short of the second round this season, losing to Ardmore.

“We’ve been working on trying to build the program. It seems like it’s gone up from where it was,” Gillespie said.

Curry went 10-17 in 2015, improved to 21-16 last year and finished 15-21 this season, making the postseason despite key injuries early in the year that led to a 10-game losing streak. The Yellow Jackets also won the Walker County Baseball Tournament this season.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done here,” Lynn added.

Shearer believes both players will succeed at the collegiate level.

“They’ve worked extremely hard over the last three years,” Shearer said of Lynn and Gillespie. “They’ve set a solid foundation for the younger guys. They see the hard work that they’ve put in and they’ve seen that it’s paid off. It’s awesome to see them get the opportunity to play at the next level. Since I’ve been here, they’ve put a lot of time into it and they’ve earned this.”