Powhatan's Tyler Allen Eager to Make an Impact at UVa
He's got a great swing and the athleticism to play center field. Powhatan's Tyler Allen is what coaches call a five-tool player.
Powhatan HS head coach Gregg Conner says, "He runs well, can throw, can go get the ball in center field, hits for power and hits for average too."
Allen has a big smile.
He says, "Baseball is what I love, and that's what keeps me smiling every day."
And a competitive drive. Allen is batting .400 this season. He's been a four-year starter and voted All-District all four years.
Allen says, "Probably the coaches I've been around pushing me to do the best I can, I've also had a lot of role models who came through Powhatan and played baseball at VCU. I've looked up to them when I was younger and just tried to be better than them or just as good as them."
Allen has five home runs this season. Two of them were grand slams with Cavalier coach Brian O'Connor watching in the crowd.
O'Connor says, "I can tell you I don't think I've ever been to a high school baseball game where the incoming recruit hit two grand slams in the game. He's a great athlete, a really good student, and will fit in to what we do here really well."
Allen adds, "They're going to have a strong team next year so I'm really going to have to work my tail off to get some playing time next year but they have a great group of guys up there."
Allen and Powhatan will be the 3-seed for the upcoming Jefferson District tournament behind Western Albemarle and Monticello.
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