West’s Watson named Area’s top baseball player

Morristown West’s Nate Watson, left, is congratulated after hitting a home run during a game this season.

So lethal was Nate Watson at the plate that by the end of the season, he was drawing intentional walks. With the stat line he’d accumulated in the 2019 season, who could blame the opposing team?

Tasked with adjusting to the higher level of pitching when he transferred from Class AA West Greene to Class AAA Morristown West for his junior year, Watson didn’t need long.

Watson led the Trojans in nine different offensive categories and also emerged strong as a starting pitcher late in the season and thus has been named the 2019 Citizen Tribune All-Lakeway Area Baseball Player of the Year.

“Once I got used to that pitching (in Class AAA), I was able to adjust,” Watson said. “Coach Pickett helped me with my swing a little more and I got more calm in the box and I was able to drive the ball harder and more consistently.”

Watson crushed two of his team-leading six home runs in the Trojans’ finale against Jefferson County in the District 2-AAA Tournament. Just one pitch into the bottom of the first inning, Watson smashed a line drive over the left-field wall before smacking a 3-1 pitch to virtually the same spot in the next inning for a two-run dinger. Not surprisingly, the Patriots didn’t pitch to him again in his final two plate appearances.