By Steven Kochersperger
This past week Mount Vernon baseball player Clay Ford was all smiles as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play collegiate baseball at Oakland City University. Ford was surrounded by his family and had a lot of glaring things to say about Mount Vernon and his new team.
“I love to compete and I am really happy to be going to Oakland City,” Ford said. “I am grateful for all my time here at Mount Vernon, especially coach Brown. He taught me to play the game the right way and has worked with me since I was nine years old.”
That lifetime of experience will come in handy as the first baseman transitions to college baseball. Ford was a steady force defensively this past season for the wildcats only committing three errors and held a team high fielding percentage of .985. Ford also brings his bat to Oakland City and hopes to contribute in that way as well. As a wildcat this past season Ford had a .340 batting average and was tied for the second most hits on the team with thirty two hits on the season.
When asked why he chose Oakland City Ford was quick to praise the school. “I really liked the school,” Ford said. “It’s a small school close to home and has a pretty good baseball program that I am excited to join.” Ford plans on studying Criminal Justice and hopes to eventually become a police officer.
Ford will play for a Mighty Oaks team that is led by coach T-Ray Fletcher. Fletcher has coached the Oaks team for nineteen seasons and has compiled an impressive 339 wins over that time span. Fletcher was inducted this season into the Oakland City University hall of fame and has taken nine of his teams to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I championships.
Mount Vernon coach Kevin Brown was at Ford’s signing this week and is proud of all that he has accomplished as a Wildcat. “I’ve been around Clay for a long time and am very proud of the man and player he has become,” Brown said. “I know that he is going to make us all proud.”
Ford takes not only his athletic ability to Oakland City but also everything his family and school have taught him over the years, including his faith. No matter what he does in the future there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will make all of us in Posey County and beyond proud. Good luck Clay.
By Steven Kochersperger
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