He was a shortstop and pitcher for the Generals and was First Team All-State in 2011, his senior year at Winfield. He was Second Team All-State in 2009 and 2010, according to State's baseball roster.
He listed his little brother as the biggest influence in his life. Tyler already had moved on to collegiate play when Dustin was struck in the temple by a line drive while pitching against Huntington in a March 2012 game.
Doctors performed emergency surgery on his skull and he was playing ball again five months later. Dustin joined Tyler at State in 2012. They were one of four pairs of brothers on the Yellow Jackets team.
"Dustin told us Tyler was a real important piece for him getting over that," said Sean Loyd, athletic director and assistant baseball coach at State.
Loyd called Tyler an "excellent" player and a hard worker. Tyler missed a season due to an elbow injury but had been ready to go for his second season.
"He was a fun kid to coach and would try anything," Loyd said. "When he got on the field it was always very exciting."
His teammates at State expressed condolences on social media.
Jordan Simpson, a Man High graduate and freshman pitcher and infielder at State, tweeted "RIP Tyler Kincaid. One of my best friends from school and bus partner. Best teammate guy could ask for. Love u buddy. Praying for your family"
He posted several pictures of his teammate fishing, a hobby Tyler enjoyed.
His teammates were shocked at his death.
"At a loss for words a great teammate and an even better person," tweeted Devin Bowles, a junior pitcher on the team.
Loyd said he'd talked to several players on the phone Sunday and that many of them were expressing shock. He said the team was close knit and really cared about each other.
"These college athletes, they look like men and women, but really they're still kids," Loyd said. "They need support and guidance."
Information on arrangements was unknown Sunday evening.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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