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April 21, 2013

PREP BASEBALL: Senior-laden Aggies face rebuilding project after 1st-round loss to Cleburne Co.

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Bailey knocked in Cody Edge, who led off the first inning with a single, with a double, while Powers and Dexton Gregory also accounted for RBI hits.

The prep careers of eight Purple and Gold seniors — Bailey, Powers, Trent Shoemaker, Lane Denny, Austin Earwood, Jake Chandler, Dexton Gregory and Jesse Hill — came to a close with the conclusion of Saturday's doubleheader. ]

Bailey will go down in Fairview lore as one of the school's most decorated athletes, becoming the Aggies' winningest all-time quarterback last fall while also shining on the basketball court — he eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark during his senior season — and on the diamond. In March, the dual-threat signal-caller announced his intentions to play football for Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

“It's going to be tough,” Alexander said of losing Bailey to graduation this May. “Luke is more than just a good athlete. He's a natural-born leader. He's the kind of kid you hope to get on your team. We're going to miss him tremendously.”

With so many seniors on their way out — three were starting pitchers and seven were valuable contributors in the lineup — the Purple and Gold will likely face an uphill battle when they try to improve on this season's 18-11 record in 2014. As daunting as most rebuilding projects tend to be, though, Alexander is confident Fairview's baseball program won't fade away into obscurity anytime soon.

“We've got a lot of work to do, but with the guys we've got coming up, I think we can do it,” the coach said.

 

% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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