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When Cody Creamer stepped on the mound to pitch this summer, he could often look in the crowd and spot a coach from Eastern Kentucky University in attendance.
It showed Creamer the Colonels’ coaching staff was interested in him and he rewarded them Friday in the John Hardin High School library by signing a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career with the Colonels.
“I’d heard from Western (Kentucky) and Eastern,” Creamer said. “Eastern saw me pitch this summer. I think every time I pitched they were there. It showed me they really wanted me. I went there for a visit. Coach (Jason) Stein and (assistant) Coach (Jerry) Edwards talked to me and I think I fit in well there. I think it best suits me for my future in baseball.”
Creamer, the hard-throwing right-hander, picked Eastern Kentucky over Western Kentucky, Wright State, which is located in Dayton, Ohio, and John L. Logan, a junior college in Illinois.
“I’m really excited,” Creamer said. “All the hard work I put into baseball paid off. I want to thank my parents for all they did and Coach (Joe) Newton and his staff at The Players’ Dugout for all their help over the years. I’m just thankful.”
Creamer’s parents, T.J. and Kim, were at his side when he signed the letter and were glad Creamer picked a school close to home. They said they will be traveling to games when Creamer is on the mound.
“It’s a fulfilling day for Cody,” T.J. said. “I’m really happy for Cody because he’s put in the work on the field. It all started with a traveling team Corky (Morse) had when Cody was 10. We’ve been going ever since. We’re blessed to have a facility like The Players Dugout and Coach Newton works hard for the players in this area with showcases and his contacts.
“As a father, you’re still a fan, so with him being only a hundred miles away, I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch,” he added. “The thing Eastern is trying to do is keep the local talent in Kentucky. They’re trying to get players in Kentucky, which is something they haven’t always done.”
Kim echoed her husband’s sentiments.
“I’m so proud of him,” Kim said. “I just can’t believe he’s about ready to go off to college.”
Creamer began playing baseball at age 2 with his father and started T-ball two years later. Once he joined a travel team at 10, Creamer has been playing every summer with teams from Hardin County or Louisville.
Creamer has been a fixture on the varsity roster since he was an eighth-grader and he’s been in the rotation since his freshman season. When he’s not pitching, Creamer plays first or third base or is the team’s designated hitter.
But Eastern Kentucky was attracted to what Creamer has done on the mound. Creamer hit 91 miles per hour during this summer and he’s usually between 87-89 mph with his fastball.
Creamer, who was 6-5 as a junior, said he’s glad this decision is behind him so he can turn his entire focus to the upcoming season.
“This takes a lot of pressure off my back,” Creamer said. “I need to be a captain on the field, taking control on the field. I just want to do my best and help this team get past district. I’m glad I got this over with. It’s a huge relief.”
Chuck Jones can be reached at (270) 505-1759 or at firstname.lastname@example.org