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Hairston joins impressive list of Kentucky Mr. Baseball award winners

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Devin Hairston is only 5-7, 160 pounds, according to the Tates Creek program, but he carries a powerful punch with the bat and is delicate with the glove.
"I know I put in a lot of hard work to be considered the best," said Hairston. "I always thought I was one of the best, but for other people to think that, that's kind of exciting and humbling at the same time."
On Monday, Hairston become the 8th Mr. Baseball winner from Lexington, sharing the award with Henderson county's Kaleb Duckworth. It's an award he does not take lightly, but certainly, he's surprised by the honor.
"Yes it does, because when you go out there an play you're not really thinking about all the individual awards you can rack up. You're thinking about winning baseball games and winning championships. So to be recognized like this, it is a surprise."
Hairston is going to play at Louisville, the first Mr. Baseball in state history to eventually wear the Cardinals' uniform. He credits his brother Dorian, an outfielder for Kentucky, as one of his driving forces.
"I''d have to say my brother. We've had a lot of long, intense conversations definitely about the game. He's always been on my side."

Every Mr. Baseball since 1989 has played professional baseball at some level, except for Ryne Combs, who will be junior at UK.. Hairston has a lot of baseball left in him, but he wants to be remembered in high school in a certain way.

"For one who loved the game, respected the game and who was a good teammate and who played hard."


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