On the morning of Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 the community woke to unthinkable news. JCHS student and Generals baseball stand-out Peyton Rader, 17, was no longer with us. His father, Dean Rader, and his mother, Julianne (Morris) Rader were devastated and in shock. The loss and their sorrow shook our entire county. Students were grieving the loss of a friend, a teammate, a classmate, and a peer. Empathetic parents were stricken with fear and a driving need to hold and comfort their own children as well as Peyton’s parents. Even those that did not know the family personally understood the magnitude of the hurt and wished to help.
On Monday, May 13th, 2019 prior to the last home game of this season where the Generals hosted Berea, the Generals paid tribute to the memory of their last teammate and friend. Peyton’s family accompanied his father and former Generals Coach Dean Rader to the pticher’s mound as he threw out the first ceremonial pitch. Following this the team announced that Peyton’s jersey number would be retired and they placed the #2 on the fence at center field. Now each time a ball will be hit toward the cenetr field fence one can be reminded to “Fly High” just as they honored Peyton back in 2017.
Coach Coffey reported, "On Tuesday the Generals the North Laurel Jaguars and won by score of 15-11. In the shootout the Generals had five players contribute with 2 hits a piece (Jayden Baldwin, Nick Baldwin, Blaine Miller, Zander Elam, and Bubby Vaughn). Defensively the Generals had 3 errors early in the game, but were able to clean it up towards the later innings, only giving up 1 run in the last 3 innings. The pitching was a collective effort by the Generals which consisted of Zander Elam and Blaine Miller. Elam started the game and lasted 3.2 innings, giving up 7 runs. Blaine Miller closed the door the last 3.1 innings only allowing 1 run on 3 hits, with 4 strikeouts. The Generals secured a quality win against a tough district opponent win with a final score of 15-11.
On Friday the Generals faced the much improved Lions of Garrard County, winning 8-2. The Generals scored 8 runs on 9 hits, and had no errors defensively. The Generals got a solid, team pitching performance on the mound by Jayden Baldwin, Sidney Chrisman, and McGwire Wilson. Baldwin logged 4 innings giving up Garrard County's only runs of the game on 6 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Chrisman came in relief for the fourth and fifth innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Wilson closed out the game in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning allowing no hits, and striking out one.
This was also senior night for the Generals honoring their 3 seniors: Dalton Combs, McGwire Wilson, and Sidney Chrisman. All three seniors have been a huge contributor to this team's success and definitely were in this game. In fact, each senior made one of the last three outs. Combs made a tough defensive play at third base, charging on a ground ball and throwing the runner out at first without breaking momentum. Chrisman got an in field pop-up for the second out of the inning. Finally, Wilson capped it off with a strikeout to end the game and finishing the inning with only 8 pitches. We are proud of these seniors and look forward to seeing their future impact on wherever they go.
On Monday the Generals got back at the Berea Pirates winning 13-3 in five innings of play.
This game was played in remembrance of a senior teammate, Peyton Rader. Peyton was essential to helping build this program by setting an example to his teammates with his dedication, work ethic, energy, and love for the game of baseball. He is, and will always be missed! The family of Peyton attended the game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The impact of Peyton and his family on the baseball program and in the community will always be cherished.
For the game, the Generals exploded offensively for 13 runs on 14 hits, with no errors defensively. The Generals pitching was led by Sidney Chrisman who started the game and pitched a solid three innings, followed by Nick Baldwin and Blaine Miller who finished the fourth and fifth to secure the victory.
The Generals will play Clay County in the 49th district tournament on Monday, May 20th at North Laurel High School. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m.
The Generals have appreciated all the support and encouragement we have received all season. We hope to see a big turnout for district as the Generals seek to defend last years 49th district championship, and continue to push the baseball program forward.