Friendship combined with athletic teamwork together makes an awesome power.
An impressive proof of this point is the solid alliance formed by the best of friends and stellar Clermont Northeastern baseball players, Michael Jefferson and Trace Voshell.
Jefferson is a left hand pitcher who dominated the Southern Buckeye Conference baseball scene for the past four seasons. This year he earned a record of 7-2 with a 0.96 earned run average and struck out 80 opponents in 50 innings pitched. His junior year he was 5-2 with a 1.40 earned run average striking out 72 adversaries in 50 innings pitched.
Voshell has been the Rockets’ catcher for four seasons. For the campaign that just ended he hit .500 and had three home runs and batted in 45 runs. As a junior he hit .494 with one home run and 33 runs batted in. For his entire varsity career he threw out 80 percent of those foolish enough to attempt to steal a base on him.
Both buddies have been Southern Buckeye Conference Amercian Division (SBC-A) all-stars several times and for the past two years Voshell was selected as the SBC-A Player of the Year. They have helped lead the Blue and Gold to more than one SBC-A diamond championship.
The friendship began when they were very young beginning their careers with the CNE Knothole organization.
"My ultimate goal is to play professional baseball," said Jefferson. "I think my strength is the confidence I have when I throw my fast ball. It is my favorite pitch."
"(Michael's) a dominant pitcher. You can tell he has no fear of any batter. He has total confidence," said Voshell.
"I want to play college baseball and hopefully I'll be drafted by St. Louis," said Voshell.
"He takes control of a game behind the plate. I have complete confidence in him," said Voshell of his battery mate.
"I'm confident in every part of my catching ability," said Voshell.
Voshell will be attending Ohio University and playing baseball for the Bobcats. He will be majoring in the field of education.
Jefferson will be majoring in chemical engineering and playing baseball at Louisiana Tech for the Buldogs.
Jefferson considers one of his finest pitching efforts came last summer in a hard-fought battle between the highly regarded Cincinnati Hawks and the Midland Redskins. He came in after a rain delay and "with my off speed working, they only got one run off me."
Voshell believes the best game in which he ever competed was during his sophomore year when CNE was facing New Richmond and the Lions' always tough southpaw David Duncan.
"There was a lot of pro scouts there to see Duncan and I took one to the fence against him and Michael pitched as well as Duncan," said Voshell.
Said their CNE head baseball coach Jason Kreimer, himself a standout athlete during his prep days at Glen Este High School, "They are very special people who have always been willing to go beyond what's asked of them. They were always willing to help others. I'll miss them extremely. Both come from great families."
"I'm going to miss (Trace) as a friend and as a catcher. We've been together since I began playing baseball," said Jefferson.
'I'm going to miss (Michael) as a friend and I'll miss his facial expressions when he was on the mound," said Voshell.