Johns brothers of Montgomery County sign to play with Barons Baseball
Brook Johns, seated left, and younger brother Tyler Johns, seated right, sign letters of intent to play baseball with Brewton-Parker College Monday, June 27, while their mother, Teresa Butler of Higgston (center), and Montgomery County High School coaches, Billy Tucker, left, and Madison Herrin, right, look on. (Photo by Kelley M. Arnold)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College (BPC) Baseball Head Coach Greg “Boo” Mullins signed two young men from Montgomery County who have played baseball on the same teams their entire lives. Brothers Brook and Tyler Johns of Montgomery County now look forward to continuing that tradition with the Barons this fall.
The Johns brothers signed letters of intent to play baseball with Brewton-Parker College Monday, June 27 while their mother, Teresa Butler of Higgston, and Montgomery County High School (MCHS) coaches, Madison Herrin and Billy Tucker, looked on.
Both Herrin and Tucker are Barons Baseball alumni. Herrin, now MCHS’ head baseball coach, played for the Barons from 2001-2006. Tucker, who serves as MCHS baseball assistant coach, played at Brewton-Parker from 1993-1994.
Brook Johns, 20, graduated from Montgomery County High School in 2009, and Tyler Johns, 18, is a 2011 MCHS graduate. Tyler plans to study criminal justice, while Brook is undecided at the moment but is interested in coaching.
“They are both great athletes and they come from a very good family,” said Coach Mullins. “Brook is a strong kid with some power in his bat, and Tyler was one of the top outfielders in the state. We look for them to come in and contribute right away.”
The Johns say they enjoy a family history for the love of the game. The brothers’ grandfather and father, Bruce Johns of Hazlehurst, both played high school ball, and their half brother, Drew Johnson of Hazlehurst, is a rising sophomore on the Jeff Davis High School’s team. Mom Teresa explains she put the boys on the same ball teams as children to make it a bit easier for her to get them to their games, and it’s something they’ve continued through middle and high school.
“It’s fun to coach them,” said Coach Herrin. “When one makes an error, the other says, ‘Let’s go! Quit showboating!’ They really do support each other but challenge each other at the same time.”
When asked what they are looking forward to the most while playing college ball, both replied, “Going to Nationals!” The Barons, ranked as high as fifth in the nation in 2011, made back-to-back trips to the Nationals the last two seasons, and Coach Mullins expects to make it a “three-peat” in 2012.
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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.