2012 Baseball
Record: 31-24 Home: 18-13 Away: 12-10 Neutral: 1-1 TranSouth: 14-10
2012 Baseball Coaches
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Kelly Bratton
Head Coach
- 3rd Season
Kelly Bratton returns to Martin Methodist for his third season of coaching at his alma mater. In his inaugural season at MMC, Bratton guided his RedHawks to a 24-28 season, finishing third in the TranSouth baseball tournament. Four RedHawks earned post season awards from the TranSouth under Bratton's first year at the helm.
 
Last year, MMC went 26-23, and tallied a 15-9 TranSouth record, finishing third in the TSAC tournament. During the 2011 season, Bratton coached his first TranSouth Player of the Year, NAIA All-American, and second Major League Baseball draftee, Travis Garcia. Bratton's squad also excelled in the classroom, placing eight on the TSAC Scholar Athlete team, including two NAIA Scholar Athletes.

 

Coach Bratton has served as the Columbia State Community College Chargers head baseball coach for the past three seasons, where he averaged 26 wins per season in his tenure with the Chargers. Kelly was a player for the RedHawks 1998 - 2000 after transferring from Columbia State, and then he served as an assistant coach for Martin Methodist for two seasons 2004 - 2006.

During college, he played two seasons at shortstop for MMC, after spending two seasons at CSCC, where he was part of the school's JUCO World Series team. He pitched and played short stop for Columbia State, and compiled a 9-3 record as a freshman on the mound. He was also named to the All-Conference and All-World Series teams. He's a 1995 graduate of Columbia Academy, were he played shortstop for the 1994 State Championship team. He also played on the 1995 American Legion team that represented Tennessee in the World Series in Fargo, North Dakota. 

Kelly and his wife Shannon were married in October 2005 and reside in Pulaski with their two children, Brooks (3) and Halle Grace (17 mos.).

 
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Jody Evans
Assistant Coach
- 2nd Season

Assistant coach Jody Evans returns to Martin Methodist for his second year of coaching after playing for the RedHawks for two seasons. Evans began his coaching career as a student assistant for MMC in 2004 and at East Hickman County in 2005. He then coached at Colbert County High School in Alabama from 2007-2010 before his hiring at Martin. His primary roles at MMC will be recruiting, instruction, and player development.

As a player, Evans began his collegiate career at Calhoun Community College where he earned All-Conference honors in 2000 and 2001. He then continued playing baseball at Martin Methodist, where he was named to All-Conference, All-Region, and All-America honorable mention teams in 2003. He earned his Bachelor's degree from MMC in Elementary Education.

Evans is the son of Wayne and Regina Evans, and has one brother, Jimmy. He was recently married to the former Fallon Nichols.

 
 
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Jordan Hedges
Assistant Coach
- 1st Season
Jordan Hedges, a native of Centerville, Tennessee, joins the MMC coaching staff this season after completing a four year playing career as an infielder for the RedHawks.
 
Hedges spent his four years as a RedHawk, compiling a .307 hitting percentage that included 60 hits, 10 doubles, five homeruns, and 40 RBI. The former infielder scored 40 times in his career, playing in 90 total games.
 
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Drew Donnelly
Student Assistant
- 1st Season
Drew Donnelly, a native of Nashville, begins his coaching career as a student assistant for Martin Methodist baseball. Donnelly spent four years playing under current head coach Kelly Bratton, his final two as a RedHawk.
 
Donnelly served as the leadoff man for MMC during his senior year, and was the RedHawks' everyday right fielder. A TranSouth Rawlings Gold Glove pick, he turned in a .973 fielding percentage, with just two errors during his final season.
 
A .301 hitter during his senior year, he led the team with 40 walks, recording 44 hits and 28 runs. During his two-year playing career at MMC, Donnelly was a .287 hitter, and compiled a .978 fielding percentage with just two total errors.
 
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Travis Garcia
Student Assistant
- 1st Season
Travis Garcia joins the MMC coaching staff as a student assistant after playing two years for the RedHawks, and four years under current head coach Kelly Bratton. Garcia, a standout infielder and outfielder for both Martin Methodist and Columbia State Community College, played a short stint with the rookie league Arizona League Cubs, followed by a time with the Class A Short-Season Boise Hawks as a 36th round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
 
Garcia was among the 45 of NAIA baseball players selected in the 2011 MLB draft, and was one of five players picked from the TranSouth.
 
Garcia earned top honors during the 2011 in the TranSouth, as he was selected as Player of the Year with a team-leading 7-2 record with a 3.03 ERA on the season. The right-hander struck out 68 batters in just 77.1 innings of work, as hitters hit just .212 against him. At the plate, Garcia led in at least five offensive categories including a .338 clip with 64 hits, three triples, six homeruns, and 34 RBI.
 
During his career at MMC, the Nolensville, Tennessee native turned in a .364 at the plate, totaling 106 hits, 18 doubles, four triples, 13 homeruns, 71 RBI, and 56 runs scored. As a pitcher, he compiled a 17-6 overall record with a 4.41 ERA. In 161.1 innings of work, the right-hander struck out 150 total batters.
 
Garcia was honored as an NAIA All-America honorable mention during his senior performance, becoming Bratton's first-ever NAIA All-American nod.
 
 
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Chris Lovett
Student Assistant
- 1st Season
 
Brock Williams Image
Brock Williams
Student Assistant
- 1st Season
 
 
 
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