Ty Jones came out of his junior year knowing what he wanted to do, but he just had to prove he could do it.
The move from second base to shortstop had been a goal for his senior year, but it took a little convincing of the coaching staff. Now, almost halfway through the district schedule, the Grapevine coaches are glad they agreed with Jones.
“I thought he would start for us at second base, but after a conversation in the fall with Ty, he was trying to convince me to let him play shortstop,” said Grapevine head coach Steven Hutcherson. “I said we would look at it.
“Last week, Jones committed and accepted a scholarship offer to attend and play at Grayson College, where they are absolutely blown away by his ability as a shortstop and can’t wait to get him next year,” Hutcherson said.
The payoff has benefited the Mustangs as they have rolled to a 4-0 district mark, slapping Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 12-0 last week.
Jones has been not only covering the territory between third and second, but he’s been quite productive at the plate.
Jones said his batting average is about .482, and he belted a double and home run in the Carter-Riverside win.
He said he’s not really considered a power-hitter, but “just runs into one every now and then.”
What drives Jones, he said, is setting a goal and keeping his eye on achieving it.
In the fall, Jones said he put up numbers and performances to get the spot at shortstop. It is a position which, since he was a little kid, he watched at Grapevine baseball games, and he has always focused on the position, which he said is “supposed to be the best player on the field.”
“I set those goals and went after them and it’s ended up the way I wanted them to,” Jones said.
His targeting of goals hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hutcherson and the coaching staff.
“It just shows how when a player has a goal and works every day for it, they are actually the ones that make the decisions, not coaches,” Hutcherson said.
It’s confidence that keeps perpetuating the success Jones is having.
“I’m confident in what I’m doing and I will do my best,” Jones said. “I’m just killing it with the bat and the glove.”
Other goals for Jones include team objectives, too.
He said the fact that Grapevine finished second in the district to Birdville last year is helping push the team to capture a district title.
Grapevine amassed 24 wins last year but faltered in the bi-district round to Arlington Heights.
“The next goal is to be district champions. And then a state title,” Jones added.
With the way Jones is knocking off goals on his list, don’t count Grapevine out in the postseason.