Arm problems kept Jordan Horn off the mound for most of the past two seasons. Still, the Madison Central senior left-hander never gave up his dream of playing baseball at the college level.
“That’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life — just be a pitcher,” Horn said. Horn signed a national letter of intent Monday to play at Alice Lloyd College. The senior also considered Northern Kentucky, Union College and Campbellsville. “He’s had to battle and fight, and a lot of kids might not have had that drive,” Madison Central coach Steve Roof said. “He’s always wanted to play at the next level. He loves the sport.” Horn jumped into the Indians’ starting rotation as a freshman. As a sophomore, he suffered shoulder problems and saw limited action. And prior to his junior season, Horn tore the UCL in his elbow. He did play some in the outfield but did not pitch during the 2010 season. The senior worked extremely hard, and through therapy and rehabilitation was able to get his arm ready to pitch again this season. Through the first month of the season, Horn has appeared in five games, has one save and has not allowed a run. “He just decided that if he was going to go to the next level, (pitching) what he needed to focus on,” Roof said. Those arm problems certainly didn’t scare off college coaches. “As of right now, he seems to be 100 percent healthy,” Alice Lloyd coach Dave Hatfield said. “So, we will just let the chips fall where they may and go from there.” Horn visited other schools, but just felt like Alice Lloyd was right fit for him. “I took my visit and the environment was just amazing,” Horn said. “Everybody was nice and it was like a big family. I knew they were going to take care of me and my arm.” Nathan Hutchinson, Richmond Register (5/3/11)