When Will Turner joined the Tipton-Rosemark Academy baseball team as a freshman three years ago, head coach Brad Smith thought Turner had some ability.

"He was, I'd say, raw, though," Smith said.

There's nothing raw about him now. Turner entered the starting lineup as a sophomore, was a big reason why the Rebels made it to the state title game last year and has kept progressing on a very good team this spring.

It all added up to Turner signing a baseball scholarship last week with Christian Brothers University.

"His work ethic is second to none," Smith said. "He loves the weight room and his body and strength show it. He's one of the most coachable kids I've ever had. He just has a knack for wanting to get better on a daily basis."

Turner was a role player on last year's senior-laden team but has turned into a leader for the 2019 Rebels, hitting in the middle of the lineup and playing left field.

"This year he has become a leader," Smith said. "He's just a solid, really good fundamental baseball player."

Five seniors from last year's team signed to play college baseball, including Tyler Flynn, who is a freshman this year at CBU. TRA graduate Gil Erwin is a senior pitcher at CBU this season.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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