3 Cougars USC Union-bound

genegraham@comporium.netMay 29, 2013 

— Three York Comprehensive High School baseball standouts have signed to play for USC Union next season.

Cody Ledford, Troy Baucom and Matt Moss were recognized by family, friends, coaches and other well-wishers during a gathering May 23 in the media center of YCHS.

York head baseball coach Scot Kiggans lauded the Cougar three for their success on the field and in the classroom.

“We’re excited that three more Cougar baseball players will be able to further their education while playing baseball at the next level,” Kiggans said. “They are deserving of the scholarship offers and ready to meet the challenge.”

Said Kiggans of the Cougar baseball team’s mission, “We continue to build the baseball program at YCHS and hope our players will earn more college scholarship offers in the future.”

USC Union head coach Paul Wilkes, who attended the signing ceremony, has developed a fondness for Cougar baseball.

“We signed four players from York Comprehensive last year and are happy to sign three more this year,” said Wilkes. “York players are quality kids with character and the talent to compete.

“We know Cougar players will contribute to the success of our program.”

USC Union won the District four championship and finished ranked No. 4 in the nation last season. The school’s success on the baseball diamond has impacted recruiting.

“Recruits are calling us;” Wilkes said. “We’re building a successful program and will continue to sign players we know can help us.”

Ledford, the son of Mike and Penni Ledford, said he is excited about the opportunity to play baseball at the next level and to further his education.

“I will continue to work hard to improve my game before my first season there (USC),” said Ledford, a four-year contributor to the YCHS program who played center field this season.

Baucom, a Cougar hurler who is the son of Eddie and Starleen Baucom, liked what he saw his first visit to the Union school.

“The campus there is awesome,” he said. “I feel good about taking my game to the next level. I am ready to play and have confidence in my ability to contribute to the program at USC Union.”

Moss, the son of Matthew and Amanda Moss, enters his first season of college ball eager to make his mark. He likes everything about USC Union.

“It’s a great school,” said Moss, who has played organized baseball since his years as a T-Ball participant. “This is an exciting time in my life. They are improving their facilities at USC Union and building a solid program there.”

YCHS principal Diane Howell and assistant athletic director John Moorefield praised the three signees for their work.

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