Go West, young man
LEDGER – Former Mitchell High School baseball teammates Luke Tipton and Justin Greene will soon be reunited.
Tipton and Greene graduated from Mitchell in 2017 and both accepted baseball scholarships – Tipton at Rockingham Community College and Greene at Arizona Western.
Tipton recently announced he would transfer to Arizona Western next year to join his lifelong friend. Tipton and Greene were born less than two months apart and grew up just five minutes away from each other in Mitchell County.
“We have been best friends for years,” Tipton said. “Getting to be teammates again is awesome.”
Being teammates at Mitchell worked out well for the duo. Tipton and Greene burst onto the scene for the Mountaineers as sophomores in 2015 – Greene led the team in batting average (.507), RBIs (19) and home runs (three) while Tipton finished right behind him with a .453 average and 15 RBIs.
The two continued their success as juniors the following year, again posting the two highest batting averages on the team and combining for 43 RBIs and three home runs.
Tipton and Greene had their best statistical years as seniors when they each batted over .500 and combined for 45 RBIs and eight home runs.
Their success in high school baseball has carried over to college. As a freshman at Arizona Western, Greene hit .345 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI.
“Arizona Western gave me a great opportunity to become a better baseball player,” Greene said. “I’ll forever be thankful for the staff out there for giving me the opportunity they did. They helped me become a healthier and better athlete in general.”
After spending a year playing baseball for Rockingham Community College, Tipton said he is eager to write the next chapter of his story.
“Justin talked about the great program he was in,” Tipton said. “I was really impressed by how good the program was in Arizona. I wanted to play in a better program, so Justin, the coaches and I talked about me coming out this fall. I sent videos of my baseball skills and stats.”
The Arizona Western coaches liked what they saw, and Tipton was officially in.
“The coach contacted me and said they have a spot for me on the team,” Tipton said. “I am very excited and privileged to be going to Arizona Western to further my baseball career and being with Justin again is just a bonus.”
Tipton and Greene will aim to add to the success of Arizona Western, which went 49-16 overall and 27-11 in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference play this past season.
“I’m really happy that Luke decided to come to Arizona Western,” Greene said. “I’m not just happy for myself that I’ll have a hometown friend there now, but I’m also happy for him because I think he’ll learn a lot at this program like I did and I think he’ll like the experience.”