The Wayne County Bat Cards certainly have a player to look up to who has a proven track record both on the baseball field and in the classroom. As a result of hard work and love for the game, Wayne County Senior Jacob Jackson recently signed to play baseball at the next level with the Midway University Eagles.
Coaches, administrators, teammates and his family were present for the signing ceremony. Everyone was full of warm wishes for Jackson who is such an exceptional student.
“We are so proud of you and pleased that you are getting to use baseball as an avenue to higher education,” said Wayne County Schools Athletic Director Kevin Jones.
Wayne County Head Baseball Coach Josh Bartley was especially proud of Jackson for his commitment to play at Midway University. Coach Bartley has built a program for his players originally based on a Cardinal Rules code of conduct to help build character so they could succeed both athletically and academically. Last season, the team faced adversity during the pandemic, where they lost an entire season of play.
Bartley said, “Since Jacob’s arrival into our program, Jacob has been one of the hardest working players we’ve had. His strong work ethic and dedication to the game of baseball and also in the classroom is allowing him to do something that not many high school players get to do; play at the next level.”
“Jacob has always conducted himself with class on and off the field. He is a model student, player, and teammate. His ‘whatever the team needs’ mentality is a coach’s dream and has made him immensely valuable to our team for years. It is my hope that other players will follow the example set by Jacob to help improve themselves, their team, and help them achieve their goals,” noted Coach Bartley.
Jackson has started varsity since his freshman year. Over his career at Wayne County High School, Jacob has played every position on the field, which shows a great amount of versatility. Throughout his freshmen, sophomore, and up to this point in his senior year (junior year was canceled due to COVID) he has accumulated 34 hits, 3 home runs, 32 RBI, and a career .288 batting average. Jacob has pitched a total of 58.2 innings during his career, accumulating 4 wins, 43 total strikeouts and an ERA of 4.03.
Jackson appreciates receiving his education from Wayne County Schools. He would like to thank Coach Bartley for the time he invested in him; as well as Math Teachers Tyler Guffey and Angela Morrow. His favorite subject is Math. He averages a 3.75 GPA and was a member of FCA his first two years of high school. He enjoys fishing in his spare time and golfing with Gehrig Sexton and Gage Gregory. While not playing sports, he has worked part time at Monticello Machine Shop.
While growing up he has played soccer, football and basketball, however, “baseball is the only sport that kept my interest.” He began playing t-ball when he was 4 or 5-years-old and continued through Little League advancing on up through school teams. He also played for the Intimidators, a travel team, for ten years.
“Jacob has represented his family and school well and we know that he will represent our team the same as he moves on the play for Midway,” said Coach Bartley. He is the son of Michael and Tina Jackson and has one sister, Hannah.
He is undecided on a future major.
Jacob Jackson signing to play baseball at Midway College while his parents - (l-r:) Michael Jackson, Tina Jackson, and grandparents Karen Conrad and Mark Conrad looked on.
Congratulations Jacob Jackson!
Teammates were on hand to support him.
His coaches joined his teammates.
Coach Josh Bartley and player Jacob Jackson