The three bears.
No, this isn’t a children’s story, but it was a storybook ending for a trio of Bunker Hill baseball players.
First basemen/pitcher Jacob Shepherd, third basemen/pitcher Cody Plemmons and outfielder Cody Ervin officially signed to continue their baseball careers in college Friday.
Shepherd signed with Catawba College, Plemmons with Lenoir-Rhyne and Ervin with Mars Hill.
“Playing baseball in college is kind of one of your biggest dreams growing up,” Plemmons said. “You never want your baseball career to stop. If you truly do love it, you want to go the next level and keep on going.”
Ervin leads the Bears in doubles this year with nine and has driven in 16 RBIs.
He said he liked Mars Hill and having family at the school helped make his college decision easier.
“I liked their school and coaches,” Ervin said. “My brother also goes to Mars Hill. I am ready to start next season. I’ve always loved baseball and I want to keep with it and keep playing it as long as I can.”
Plemmons has a 4-0 record as a pitcher and has driven in 22 RBIs, which is second on the team.
He won’t be changing his school colors much and his mascot will stay the same when he moves from the Bunker Hill Bears down the road to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.
“It’s close to home,” Plemmons said. “It is a really good school. I really want to play baseball down there. There facilities are great. School is my top priority though. I want to get a good education, but have fun and play ball when I’m down there.”
Shepherd, who is 6-0 with a 0.45 ERA this season on the mound, liked Catawba College’s program and his familiarity with some of the athletes.
“They have a great program, baseball and academically,” Shepherd said. “I know a lot of guys who play there, which makes it easier. I know the people I will be playing with. I can talk to them a lot easier and ask to them about classes.”
Bunker Hill coach Marty Curtis is excited for his three players.
“I am just very happy for all three of them,” Curtis said. “They are realizing their dream of playing college baseball and they will get to continue their careers. They have been outstanding players and students at Bunker Hill High School. As good as they are as students and players, they are even better people. I am very proud to say they played at Bunker Hill. I am just extremely happy for them and their families that they will get to continue their baseball careers.”
Over the last two seasons, Bunker Hill’s baseball team has produced a number of signees, which makes Curtis proud of what his program has accomplished.
“We’ve had eight in the last two years that have signed and went on to play college baseball,” Curtis said. “We are extremely proud of that fact.”