Timmy Borden

Providence's Timmy Borden watches his 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Pioneers' 11-2 victory over Henryville on April 19, 2018.

CLARKSVILLE — The future can wait — at least for a few more weeks, he hopes — for Timmy Borden, who many consider a can't-miss prospect.

The Providence senior, who is projected to be an early-round pick in next month's Major League Baseball Draft, wants to make this season last as long as he can with the Pioneers.

“I feel like with all this coming up I’ve just kind of got to let it go and just focus on high school and on our main goal this year, which is reaching the state championship again,” Borden said last week.

That quest begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when Class 3A No. 5 Providence faces third-ranked Silver Creek in a first-round game of the Silver Creek Sectional. The Pioneers are sectional newcomers after bumping up a class due to the IHSAA's "success factor."

The 6-foot-2 1/2 (6-3 with cleats on), 185-pound Borden, a shortstop and pitcher, has been a big reason for Providence's recent success, including back-to-back sectional and regional titles as well as the 2016 2A state championship.

"He's a once-in-a-lifetime-type of player," Pioneers coach Scott Hornung said.

Borden is a five-tool player, who hits for average and power, is a solid fielder and boasts good speed as well as a strong arm. Those, though, are just Borden's most superficial contributions, according to his coach.

"His hands are tremendous. His body is in great shape. He’s got great velo[city] off his bat, that’s what [the scouts] look for, how does the ball come off your bat. Those are the things that I notice about him," Hornung said. "His physical skills obviously are good, that’s why people want him. But I really appreciate his personal skills, and that’s what is important to me. Because he leads by example, that’s the best thing for me.

"He's not ever selfish. He never talks about himself, or makes it about himself. So as a mentor, what I mean by that is he will take the time out when we’re having drills in practice to help instruct some of the other middle infielders on things that he may see that may help them become better ballplayers. He reaches out to people. When he was younger, he was a little more introverted, but that’s what young people usually do. So he’s accepted the leadership role and he steps outside his comfort zone, although I don’t think it’s not uncomfortable for him. He just helps instruct. He’s all about making other players better, too. Because he wants to have a good team, so he knows for us to be a good team he has to help make those other people better, too.”

He's also made himself better, too.

“When he takes the field he just works hard,” Hornung said. “When he does his repetitions he doesn’t dog anything. He just steps between the lines and he works hard. And when he takes his swings he doesn’t take swings off. He has a purpose with everything that he does, which is why he’s in the position that he’s in. And it’s actually gotten better each year that he’s been here, so he’s maturing very much right in front of our eyes, I think.”

As a sophomore Borden batted .477 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in the regular season for the Pioneers, who won their first state championship. As a junior, he hit .468 with 15 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and a program-record 46 RBIs for Providence, which lost in the semistate.

This season his numbers have been down slightly, as teams have pitched around him, but that hasn't lessened the attention he's received from major league teams. He is projected to go in the first three or four rounds of the MLB Draft, which starts June 4. The Chicago Cubs are among the most interested teams, as are the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Borden's father, Tim.

Depending on where he is drafted, though, Borden could still choose to go to college. He committed to Louisville prior to his freshman season, and the college Cards are in the mix too.

“Louisville’s still on my mind,” he said. “But right now it’s all high school ball to me. It’s a really big part in my footsteps ahead. I come out every day and just work to get better each and every day. Just being able to compete with these type of guys out here each and every day makes me a better player and makes the team better as well."

The latter is Borden's biggest focus right now.

“This year I’ve just kind of gone out and just, it’s my last year, so why not go out with a bang?” he said. “So basically this year I’ve mainly focused on having fun with the guys and just enjoying every second of it.”

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LOCAL SECTIONALS

CLASS 4A JEFFERSONVILLE SECTIONAL

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, May 23

    Seymour vs. New Albany, 5:30 p.m.

    Floyd Central vs. Bedford North Lawrence, 7:30 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, May 26

    Seymour or New Albany vs. Floyd Central or Bedford North Lawrence, 1 p.m.

    Jeffersonville vs. Jennings County, 3 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, May 28

    Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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CLASS 3A SILVER CREEK SECTIONAL

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, May 23

    Scottsburg vs. North Harrison, 5:30 p.m.

    Brownstown Central vs. Corydon Central, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24

    Silver Creek vs. Providence, 5:30 p.m.

    Charlestown vs. Salem, 7:30 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Friday, May 25

    Scottsburg or North Harrison vs. Brownstown or Corydon, 5:30 p.m.

    Silver Creek or Providence vs. Charlestown or Salem, 7:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, May 28

    Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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CLASS 2A CLARKSVILLE SECTIONAL

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, May 23

    Henryville vs. Lanesville, 5:30 p.m.

    Crawford County vs. Eastern, 7:30 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, May 26

    Henryville or Lanesville vs. Crawford County or Eastern, 2 p.m.

    Clarksville vs. Paoli, 5 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, May 28

    Semifinal winners, 11 a.m.

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CLASS A MADISON SHAWE SECTIONAL

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, May 23

    Christian Academy vs. Madison Shawe, 6 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Friday, May 25

    Borden vs. New Washington, 5 p.m.

    South Central vs. CAI or Shawe, 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, May 28

    Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

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