Dean and Henderson, teammates for life

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 02:32 PM.

"Time and time again in their four years here, they've come up with big hits and made big plays. They have been a part of some big wins ... I hate to see them go, but they are going to be going to greater pastures, that's for sure."

Gillis, who played minor league baseball for several years, said Henderson is the best center fielder he has seen. Although Henderson has signed a football scholarship, Gillis thinks he also has a bright future in baseball if he wants it.

Gillis similarly praised Dean, whose older brother, Blake, was an All-State Bulldog and an All-American at LSU. Gillis said Dakota is different from Blake, who has always been comfortable in his skin.

Gillis described Blake as more of a power guy who didn't run as great. He  said Dakota runs better and can do a few more things with his legs than Blake did.

Dean and Henderson said there were too many memories to count, but they could always count on each other — and that's what each will miss the most.

"I'll just miss him always clowning around and us always clowning with each other," Dean said.

"It's been good because, through the years, you change teams and you change teammates, but to have somebody there all the way through, all the way up to the end, is great," Henderson said.

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