J.T. Winstead

Tarboro High School teacher Ricky Baab stands next to a photograph of J.T. Winstead on Tuesday at Municipal Stadium in Tarboro.

TARBORO — It has been said that J.T. Winstead loved being at the ball park and loved being a Tarboro High Viking.

Players, coaches and fans from Tarboro High School and Pamlico County High School on Tuesday honored his memory by remembering him before the start of the game between the two teams.

Winstead, 17, was one of four teens killed in a traffic wreck on June 3 in Pitt County.

A large crowd filed in to Municipal Stadium and hats from both teams were placed on the ground around first base, where J.T. took care of business for the Vikings.

There were hugs and tears and words of comfort for family, teammates and friends as they remembered J.T.


A Facebook post on Tarboro 27886 shared J.T.’s love for the game and expressed the belief that J.T. would want his Vikings teammates to play Tuesday’s game as scheduled to honor their fallen first baseman.

Winstead was batting .300 with nine hits and 11 RBI in 30 at-bats. He had three doubles and one home run.

The son of Thad and Lisa Winstead, Winstead also was an avid hunter and fisherman.

The Vikings took a 3-1 win over Pamlico to improve to 7-3 overall.