Gamers of the Week

week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Tate Hancock, Senior, Winfield High School.

Male Gamer of the Week – Nate Hancock of Winfield High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Tate Hancock, Senior, Winfield High School.

By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

Tate Hancock, a senior at Winfield High School was one hit short of hitting for a cycle in the Generals recent duel with Poca High School.  He finished the game 4-4 with two home runs and 6 runs batted in against the Dots.  The season has been wavering back and forth, but Winfield has started to create some momentum of late.  Currently, the Generals are 7-4 including 4 straight wins.

Tate is primarily the first baseman for the team, but he is also a utility player and can be utilized anywhere on the field.  As a batter, he has been hitting well for the majority of the season. “I was in a slump the past few games until Friday, but my teammates continued to build me up.  I took the momentum into the game against Poca, and continued to hit well,” described Hancock about his performance this season.  After Tuesday’s bout against South Charleston, Hancock’s batting average increased to .419.

The most successful athletes are those who are able to stay calm under pressure.  Earlier, the senior first baseman described his batting woes, but didn’t allow it to affect his mindset going into each game.  Tate says he typically tries to stay relaxed by joking around with his teammates while he goes through batting practice. “I want to get past sectionals this year, and I think this team has the ability to do it.” The senior continued, “Ultimately, I want to have fun this year and enjoy the season with my teammates.” This allows him to keep his mind off of the game and to remain stress free. 

The Generals are above five hundred by three games and are getting hot.  Tate feels that the team is coming together at the right time and can make a run in the post season.  Both Hancock and his senior teammate, Evan Clay, have aspirations to get over the hump this year and beat Point Pleasant.  This team has a lot of talent and their seniors feel they can do it this season.

A solid roster doesn’t lack strong leadership and Coach Will Issacs finds a lot of leadership qualities in his senior ball player.  Coach Issacs went on to describe Tate’s leadership abilities, “I think that our entire team exemplifies high character and it is due to players like him.  He is someone that you want on your team and is a role model for the young players coming out of middle school.  His character is proven by his hard work ethic on and off of the field.”
Tate finds a lot of his inspiration from his family.  He was quick to mention his parents, Will and Catrina Hancock and Robert and Michelle Payne as major influences in his life. They never miss a game and will travel wherever they need to go to watch him play ball. He also wanted to give God glory for all that He has done for him in his life.  While he is excelling in athletics, he also works hard in the classroom, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.

If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293.