Tipton’s Garrett Haight – Baseball Spotlight Presented By Cameron University Army ROTC

By Derrick Smith

Always being prepared to enter a game or match is something that every athlete should do. In high school athletics, usually the upperclassmen are in the starting lineup and the underclassmen will chip in every so often. But sometimes the younger guys get put in early and they have to be prepared to be successful.

“I was forced to grow up fast my freshman year,” said Garrett Haight. “I earned a starting spot on the varsity baseball team and played with a junior-led team. My freshman and sophomore seasons helped prepare me to become a leader during my junior and senior seasons. For me to have the success I have had, it has taken a lot of practice, hard work, and dedication.”

Haight is a senior at Tipton High School. He is a member of the Tigers’ baseball team, primarily playing pitcher, catcher, shortstop, and second base. He first played baseball at the age of three and immediately fell in love with it.

There are a few professional baseball players that Garrett looks up to, but he says his biggest role model is someone closer to home. “I have many professional sports role models,” he said. “Mike Trout, Derek Jeter, and Madison Bumgarner – but my biggest role model is my mom. She worked with me on hitting, fielding, pitching, and catching. She helped me develop into the baseball player I am today.”

Garrett is also a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society and the National Honor Society. He also carries a 4.0 Grade Point Average and is the top ranked student in his class. Along with his athletics and classes at Tipton, Haight is also a concurrent student at Western Oklahoma State University. He has taken nineteen college hours during his senior season.