Jerry Neeley, a star on the Glen Este High School baseball mound, has signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College.
Neeley will be a member of the first Courgar baseball team that will play its home games at Midland Field.
As his major course of study the Trojan right hander is “leaning toward business.”
At Glen Este, Neeley played baseball all four seasons and lettered as a junior and senior. He earned the school’s Cy Young Award for his pitching talents.
He pointed to a pair of games as standouts of his outstanding career on the diamond.
“We shut out McNick this year and I thought that was really good,” he said. “We played really good as a team and I pitched a good full game against LaSalle last year.”
"I'm very excited. He made a good choice of school. I think UC is very lucky to get him," said Shannon Neeley, Jerry's mom.
Said his dad, Jerry, "Ever since he was a little boy he dreamed about going to a high level of baseball to play. "We're proud of him. He made it!"
"My mom and dad have always been there for me and supported me. They believed in me," said a grateful son and brother. "Coach (Mike) Hatfield and (pitching) coach (Brian) Akers really helped me out with my pitching."
Mike Hatfield, head baseball coach at Glen Este, said, "Jerry's a great kid, the epitomy of the type of athlete you'd like to have on your team. He's a good student and he works hard and he's a heck of a pitcher."