CUMBY — No matter the season, Trojan coaches in Cumby know they will have at least one eager participant.Timmy Cook.
Cook doesn’t just cook, he sizzles. He also has a gift for participation in sports which is hard to equal. Heck, he even lives within shouting distances of the school.
Anytime day or night, throw a ball up in Cumby, Cook will probably catch, hit and throw it.
Cook was recently named to the Texas High School Coaches Baseball Association All-State list, earning second team pitching honors in the Class 1A division.
“Coach (Scott Mabe) told me about being all-state and I was pretty excited about it,” Cook said. “I didn’t really think I would get it.”
Cook had a 10-2 record for the Trojans, throwing a no hitter and batting leadoff with a .558 batting average and .608 on-base percentage.
Even with a bad knee.
Cook tore his meniscus (cartilage) in his knee during football season, but it did not slow him down.
“My knee hurt when it happened, but I kept playing,” Cook said. “The doctor said there was a small percentage I could further damage it by playing on it, but I kept going.”
Cook’s development to an all-state pitcher from a part-time starter his sophomore year is due in part to the coaching of Mabe.
“Coach taught me how to pitch and not just throw, how to use my whole body and not hurt my arm,” Cook said. “I really did not know that much about it when I started. He worked with me.”
He developed a strikeout pitch - his fastball, which coupled with a curve and changeup proved to be a winning combination.
“I like to be on the mound in the clutch situations,” Cook admitted. “Some people don’t like the pressure, it doesn’t bother me.”
Cook had some memorable days on the mound for the Trojans. Cumby made the playoffs, but lost an exciting 8-inning game 5-4 to eventual district champ Wolfe City.
“I remember that game because I threw 212 pitches,” he said with a laugh. “Our team needed to win so bad, I went eight innings and got 17 strikeouts, but we did not win. We finished in a tie with North Hopkins for second place.”
Cook said the 212-pitch performance was a special situation and far beyond his average.
“I usually throw 100-110 pitches a game,” Cook said. “One game I had 76 pitches.”
Cook remembers the April 14 no-hitter against Campbell, in that game he fanned 15 batters.
Cook said, “My fastball is the pitch I control the best, so I use it the most. But I have pretty good control of my changeup and curve.”
Cook says the baseball is probably his favorite sport. His goal for his senior year is to earn a college scholarship in athletics.
“I will go and play any sport,” Cook said. “Playing in college would really be great.”
His junior year saw him quarterback the football team and then, while wearing a knee brace, play baseball and run track.
“I made regional in track in the 800-meter run. I think the 800 is a very hard race because it is not a long distance, it more like a long stint, it’s hard to run that fast for two laps,” Cook said. His best individual time in the event is 2:03.
Cook said he will continue playing all the sports throughout the school year.
“I’ve always done it,” Cook said. “I started playing ball when I was younger in New Mexico and we moved over here and I just want to be playing when I get the chance.”
During the summer Cook is not only quarterbacking the Cumby 7-on-7 team, but also running and playing summer league baseball for the Hopkins County Dixie League team.
“I’d like to be a coach one day. Being around sports all the time has really made me love it,” Cook added. “All the coaches at Cumby do a great job and I’ve learned a lot.”
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