Our Ty Unthank Umpires Kentucky High School Baseball Tournament

Jun 27th, 2024

Our Communication Specialist, Ty Unthank, umpired his first Kentucky state high school baseball tournament (KHSAA).

Ty began umpiring high school baseball in Florida in 2016 and every year in Kentucky since 2017. It took him those years and many postseason assignments to get his region's nomination.

I asked Tommy Gordon, the 6th/7th Region Baseball Assigning Secretary of the Kentuckiana Baseball Umpires Association (KBUA) about nominating Ty,

"Hands down an easy selection. I wanted to send someone who I knew would be able to look the part, know when to rotate as well as to able to work the caliber of games. Bar none, easy choice."

When I asked Ty what he felt about working the state tournament he said:

"I am excited and honored to represent my region and the KBUA. Their training and preparation has me ready for this moment."

I was able to take in his plate job during the tourney's opening round. He looked great and handled himself professionally, as he always does. It is nothing less than what you see in the pics and videos on the Ump Attire website.

He ended up working 6 games and a semi-final! Well done!!

Congratulations to the entire KHSAA Baseball State Tournament Umpire Crew:

  • Jon Douglas (2nd Region)
  • Don Johnson (4th Region)
  • Ty Unthank (6th Region)
  • Matthew Satterwhite (8th Region)
  • Brent Bradley (10th Region)
  • Daniel Grigsby (12th Region)
  • Richard Kelley (14th Region)
  • Gary Hale (16th Region)

About the Author

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President Jim Kirk

Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020, 2021, 2024, and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.


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