Jenks baseball opens Timmerman era at Owasso
Jenks baseball begins its tenure under new head coach Justin Timmerman Monday.
The Trojans travel to Owasso for the first game of the regular season where they open a new era of Jenks baseball.
Timmerman joins Jenks after coaching at Sperry for the last seven seasons. He adopts a group that embodies a team culture.
“This is one of the first teams I’ve been a part of in a long time that’s just nothing about I,” Timmerman said. “It’s everything about the team from top to bottom. Everybody has a job to do and everybody has done a good job.”
Though it’s all about the team, Jenks has many standout talents.
Leadership for the Trojans starts with the senior such as Jake Lamar who signed with Oklahoma Christian University on National Signing Day. They’ll also look to lean on guys like Bryson Diener.
“He’s (Diener) a vocal leader, not only vocal but a leader who shows through his actions,” Timmerman said. “He’s done a great job stepping up.”
Junior Brooks Fowler has captured the attention of several college programs. Fowler’s talent makes him one of the elites in his class.
“He’s probably one of the best juniors in this area,” Timmerman said. “He’s getting a lot of looks from division one schools and colleges.”
But the team Timmerman has inherited isn’t just gifted on the field.
“They all have great grades and great ACT scores and they want to go to major colleges and do good things,” Timmerman said. “We’re fortunate here to be blessed with good kids who were raised well and know the right thing to do and know what hard work is all about.”
Timmerman says one aspect of his team he has been impressed by is the level of pride his players show.
“When you have that Jenks across your chest, you know you are one of the elite schools in the state not only for academics and athletics throughout the school,” he said. “The kids know that, and they work hard to be one of the few guys on a varsity team with so many kids at their school. It’s very hard to do.”
And with so many hard-working players, Timmerman believes his team can get back to the winning ways that have been gone for so long.
“It’s been 18 years since they’ve won a state title in baseball,” Timmerman said. “They’ve been there and been close in previous years but that’s the goal. From day one and me being hired here, you look up on the wall and they show the three state titles and it’s been 18 years. It’s been a long time.
“We have some seniors who want to change that and change the culture to get back to winning state titles.”
Jenks plays at Owasso Monday at 5 p.m. The Rams and Trojans will play again at Jenks Tuesday at 5 p.m.