In eighth grade, Holden Warmath and Parker Davis witnessed their older brothers, Ty Warmath and Carter Davis, win the Class AA baseball state title. Ty (University of Memphis) and Carter (Columbia State Community College) went on to play college ball in their respective year.
Seeing their brothers’ success motivated Holden and Parker to achieve the same goals when they entered high school: sign a baseball scholarship and put a championship ring on their finger.
“They definitely push us every day because they got a ring on their finger and we don’t got one, so we’re gonna work every day to get better and try to be like them.” Holden said.
Parker added, “They definitely hold it above us, and it pushes us to do better and win it.”
They achieved one of those goal last Friday as the duo wrote their letter of intent to play ball for Dyersburg State Community College. They worked hard to earn the “college athlete” title due to their strong pitching that help lead Covington baseball to back-to-back state tournament appearances in two out of the three seasons (other season was cancelled due to COVID-19).
In their route to the signing ceremony, the pair had to jump hurdles and break out of comfort zones.
Last season, Holden couldn’t pitch until the district tournament due to a shoulder injury, which forced Parker to become the ace. While that spot is pressuring, the lefty pitcher managed to get out of his shell and became a huge advocate for the Chargers.
“Parker became the man, and he stepped up and he took it and he wanted the baseball and that’s what you want.” Head Coach Brad Warmath said regarding Parker.
With Holden, he had to keep his mind sharped and focused, not only to live up to his brother’s legacy, but to honor his mother who passed away his freshman year to brain cancer.
“Everybody knows our story,” Brad Warmath- father of Holden- said, “so what, a kid that’s 14 years old, what he went through and has gone through, just to see him persevere, he stayed true to himself, and he kept going.”
They may be signing to a school that is in a small town around an hour north of Covington, but the baseball team is an excellent juco program that finished last season ranked #19 in the nation according to NJAA.com.