Jordan Tipton is a slick-fielding, clutch-hitting Gate City baseball player who’s been a varsity starter for four years.
He’s best remembered for his walk-off grand slam against John Battle in the Clinch Mountain District tournament last spring at Bristol, Va. Tipton, who spent his first two seasons in right field before being shifted to shortstop, bats in the No. 5 position. He has played in two Group A state tournaments. He is hitting .438 this season and has a career average of .310. He throws right and bats left, and is regarded as an outstanding college prospect.
Tipton recently sat down with Times-News sports writer Bill Lane for a brief Q&A. Here’s what he had to say:
Who is your favorite athlete?
What is your favorite movie?
What is your best athletic memory?
The tournament grand slam against John Battle.
What is your worst athletic memory?
Committing three errors in a game against Union this year.
In a movie about your life, who would play you?
If you were hosting a dinner party, who would be your three ideal guests?
Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andrew Jones.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to fly.
I wear the same socks as long as I’m playing well.
Do you have a nickname?
“Tip’’ and “J.E.T.’’
What are your plans for life after baseball?
I hope to play college ball and become a teacher/coach.
Has the new BBCOR bat made much of a difference in the game?
It takes a lot of power away. The ball tends to drop in front of the outfielders for more singles.