"It was a tragedy -- so sad," said Winfield High Principal Bruce McGrew. "He was a tough athlete and a real competitor. I remember every time I talked to him it was 'yes, sir' and 'no, sir.' I can't imagine. I really feel for his family."
According to his biography on the WVSU website, Kincaid hoped to earn his degree and one day play Major League Baseball, and his biggest influence was his younger brother, Dustin, who was struck in the temple by a line drive during a 2012 game and was forced to undergo emergency surgery.
Jimmy Tribble, who coached baseball at Winfield High during Kincaid's junior and senior years, said Kincaid was a team player and a quality athlete during his time there.
"Tyler was a great kid to coach. He was very talented," Tribble said. "He loved to play the game, and he was very competitive. He was a leader, and what I remember more than anything about Tyler was that Tyler was a team guy, not an 'I' guy.
"He did whatever he could to help his team, and he didn't want credit for things; he was a very unselfish player."
The coach said he hoped Kincaid's family would be able to overcome the tragedy of his death.
"It's a very painful thing, and I'm just praying God gives his family the strength to get through it," he said. "We're not designed for this. We're not supposed to bury our children -- they're supposed to bury us. It's going to be tough for a while."
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.