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Stephen Langston, 18 -- Car Accident

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Former Overton baseball player and Belmont recruit Stephen Langston was killed early Sunday morning in an accident while riding in a pick-up truck in southern Williamson County, according to Overton baseball coach Mike Morrison.

Officials confirmed that Langston, 18, was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

Another rider in the truck was injured and taken to Vanderbilt Hospital, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred on U.S. 431 as the truck Langston was riding in was making its way back to Interstate 65. Morrison indicated that although the boys were out celebrating their final summer days before school started. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

“It’s just a tremendous tragedy,” Morrison said. “Stephen was a kid who meant a whole lot to my son and was a good role model for people. He worked hard at the game and he’ll be missed by a lot of people. Stephen was one of the more-liked kids in our building and I never heard anybody say anything bad about him.”

Langston, who played shortstop for the Bobcats, played a crucial part in helping Overton get to the Class 3A state championship baseball game in Memphis this past May where the Bobcats entered the state tournament with a 32-4 record. Langston, batting in the third position, went six-for-16 during the state tournament, posting a three-for-four outing against Collierville to help Overton win 11-7 and advance to the championship game. The Bobcats fell in the final to Houston 9-1.

Langston, a three-year starter for Morrison, batted over .400 during his senior year and stole more than 20 bases.

“Belmont misses a chance to improve their team,” Morrison said. “He worked very hard at the game.”

Langston was an only child.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Belmont baseball family go out to Stephen’s Mom and Dad,” Belmont baseball coach Dave Jarvis said. “No words can describe what they must be going through. We felt Stephen was going to be a tremendous asset and would be able to contribute early and often. He was going to be a great fit for our program not only as a baseball player, but as a person too. Stephen was a gifted athlete and we were very fortunate to have recruited a player like that.”



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