Brent Maze: Congratulations to Coach Tullos

By BRENT MAZE,

Last week, Newton County High School held its First Pitch Dinner to kick off the Cougars’ baseball season.

During that program, a special milestone was honored that may have been a little overlooked.

High school baseball coach Wade Tullos was honored for winning his 400th career game. Tullos has been a consistent force at Newton County over the last several years.

In my first year here, I got a chance to see the Cougars get all the way to the championship series, coming up just a little short in the final game at Trustmark Park.

He has built a fine program in high school baseball. It seems like every year he has players going on to play college baseball, whether at East Central Community College or other Mississippi community colleges or four-year schools.

Delta State coach Mike Kinnison, who was the keynote speaker at the First Pitch Dinner last week and on hand for the presentation made to coach Tullos, had high praise for the Newton County head coach.

Kinnison and Tullos have faced each other many times over the years when they were both high school coaches. And both have great respect for each other.

Tullos said that Kinnison’s teams were some of the most impressive teams he’s ever seen as far as the way they took the field and looked like a championship program.

Kinnison also has a mutual respect for Tullos.

“I’ve followed coach Tullos his progress as a player and as a coach,” Kinnison said. “If I had a son, I’d love to have him play for (Tullos).”

While coach Tullos has taught his players a lot about the game of baseball, he’s probably had a much larger impact than just coaching the game. He’s had a hand in molding the lives of countless players and having an impact that reaches far beyond the game.

I salute you coach Tullos and congratulations on 400 wins.

Brent can be reached at brent@newtoncounty­appeal.com.

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