In the past two seasons, Madison Central’s Trey Eden, Logan Thomason and Jacob Ferris have showcased their skills against the top players in the state. Next year, they will take their game to the next level. On Thursday, the Central seniors signed national letters of intent. Ferris and Thomason signed with Eastern Kentucky University, while Eden signed with Georgetown College.
Thomason and Ferris had been verbally committed to the EKU baseball program for quite some time. Ferris, a right-handed pitcher, announced his decision prior to his junior season. He appeared in just 12 games last season before suffering an elbow injury. Ferris had to have ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, a procedure commonly known as Tommy John Surgery. The EKU coaching staff never pulled its offer to Ferris, despite the injury. “They stayed with me through the whole process,” Ferris said. “Being close to home really made me fall in love with EKU. I really love the new coaching staff. The new stadium is really nice.” Ferris was having a tremendous season before the injury. He was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In 18 2/3 innings he had 43 strikeouts and only one walk. For his career, Ferris has a 10-0 record with an 0.73 ERA and 77 strikeouts. “His rehab is on schedule,” Roof said of Ferris. “He was hitting .500 for us at the top of the order too when he got hurt. It was a big loss for us. We are really excited about getting him back.”
Thomason was solid at the plate and in the field last season. He hit over .300 with a .355 on-base percentage. The infielder led the team with 12 doubles, 27 runs scored and 21 stolen bases. Thomason verbally committed to EKU this summer. “(EKU assistant) Adam Revelette coached me when I was little. I was already close with him and it’s right next to home,” Thomason said. “So, I’m very comfortable there.” The senior is a career .300 hitter, but its his defensive ability that has really turned heads. He can play anywhere on the infield, but has emerged as a standout at shortstop. “We’ve had a lot of good players come through our program. He’s one of the best infielders we’ve ever had,” Roof said of Thomason. “He’s a very talented shortstop. One of the best in the state.”
Eden is also a career .300 hitter. The speedy outfielder had a .374 on-base percentage last year and led the team in slugging percentage (.534). He was second on the team with 15 stolen bases and 21 runs scored. “He can fly. He’s got great speed and a good bat,” Roof said of Eden. Eden was drawing interest from several schools, but after visiting Georgetown he knew that’s where he wanted to go to school. “I loved the campus. It’s small. Not as many students as the big schools,” Eden said. “There’s a lot of one-on-one teacher-student activity. I really fell in love with it and I knew that’s where I wanted to spend four years.” The three seniors have one last high school season left. And they want to do big things before they go on to the next level. “We’ve got a strong senior class,” Thomason said. “We are going to be back on track this year. We’ve been talking about this class since we were freshmen. It’s going to be special.”