East Robertson’s Van True rears back to make a tough play in the infield.

Van True’s collegiate career has already begun, but East Robertson baseball’s two-way sensation is still receiving awards for his play in high school.

The Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association recently named True its Division I-A Player of the Year.

“I didn’t really know I’d been nominated,” said True, now an infielder at Christian Brothers University. “My parents had known for a while that I was nominated, and coach kind of wanted to keep it under wraps.

“He just wanted it to be a surprise to me a little later on, and it was. I’m truly honored to be able to say that I won that award.”

True was selected as The Connection’s Best Two-Way Player last spring. He batted .382 with six home runs and 35 RBI and pitched a 1.35 ERA across 51 innings.

East Robertson won the 2021 Class A State Championship in the school’s first-ever state tournament appearance. In his team’s four tournament games, he had a home run, a triple, a .545 batting average and pitched four scoreless innings.

Head coach Derek Wix – who was also selected as the Division I-A Coach of the Year – said that True was a spark plug for the Indians in the postseason.

“The word to describe him is consistent,” Wix said. “He was just consistent in everything he did. Whether it was hitting our two-hole or playing shortstop everyday he wasn’t on the mound; whatever we asked him to do, he was just consistent.”

True and Wix will represent East Robertson and receive their hardware at the TBCA Awards Luncheon in Franklin on Jan. 22, 2022.

“It means the world to me, being able to share this award with them,” True said. “Because it’s really not my award; without them I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s not just me saying that I’m Player of the Year.

“They really got me to where I wanted to be, and I’m truly blessed to be able to call them my teammates.”

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