• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

First Scott Logdon scholarship awarded to Parker Thomas

PARKER THOMAS poses with the Logdon family at the "This Pitch" Awards night. From left are Jono Logdon, Emily Mattingly, Austin Logdon, Kyle Logdon, Parker Thomas and Angela Logdon. (Photo submitted)

JACK OCKERMAN won the Tommy Barnes offensive award. Pictured with Ockerman is Lindsay Hippe Barnes. (Photo submitted)

Parker Thomas was awarded the Scott Logdon Memorial Scholarship at the "This Pitch" 2017 awards night on Friday, Aug. 4, at Midway University. Dr. Darin Wilson was the guest speaker for the evening. Wilson is a Woodford County graduate and has had a very successful career in the sports world. In 2001, Wilson was named coach of the year while at Union College. He later became athletic director and won athletic director of the year in three out of four years. The idea for the Scott Logdon Memorial Scholarship came to mind shortly after a golf scramble held in his name in 2015. Logdon had just died after a battle with leukemia and friends within the Kentucky Rockers and the Woodford County baseball family got together and held this scramble. "We knew we had to do something to honor Scott," said Kentucky Rockers founder Barry Hartley. "It was that group of Marty Richey, Charlie Foster, Jason Thompson, Joey Cheek and Darin Wilson, those guys wanted to be part of it and were instrumental in making this happen." The group formed an organization called "This Pitch" that will be the driving force to having the awards banquet for ballplayers. "We wanted to do something that brings the baseball community closer together," said Hartley. "Bringing the Little League, Rockers and Bat Jackets along with the middle and high school teams together. To be able to have the Scott Logdon Memorial Scholarship awarded to a graduating senior with this group all together is an extraordinary night for Woodford County baseball." The process of selecting the senior winner is one that is not taken lightly. "We gave the applications to Coach Patterson back in February, and they went through them carefully and gave them back to me," said Hartley. "We then handed them over to the Logdon family, and none of us knew who would be selected until awards night. Our only recommendation we gave the Logdon family was to choose someone who shared similar characteristics that Scott had on and off the field." When Parker Thomas was eight years old, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. When he was 11, he became a youth ambassador for American Diabetes Association. Thomas developed a team called "Scoops Crew" and raised over $30,000 for a cure. Thomas started playing ball in 2004 as a tee-baller. He played select ball for the Bat Jackets and was coached by his dad, Jamie. Thomas played three years at Woodford County High School and lettered three years. In 2016, Thomas spent a week in the Dominican Republic with the Kentucky Rockers, playing baseball and doing mission work. Thomas will attend Indiana University Southeast and will be playing baseball and pursuing a degree in business. "It was a beautiful night," said Logdon's wife, Angela. "This was a very difficult decision as there were multiple applicants that were excellent but we decided that Parker was the right choice." Scott Logdon, a family man and youth pastor, received a bone marrow transplant in 2013 and was well on his way to gaining his life back when he suffered a setback that landed him back in UK Markey Cancer Center. After more treatment, a second transplant took place in August 2015, but Logdon could not fight infection and died a month later. "The man just cared about people," said Hartley. "Even as a young ballplayer he always looked out for the other guys." Other highlights from the night included Jack Ockerman being awarded the Tommy Barnes Offensive Award. Ockerman has been playing baseball for 13 years. During his sophomore year, he was a part of the 2015 KSHAA state championship team at West Jessamine. His junior year, he was voted district all-tournament team. His senior year at Woodford County High School, he was voted district tournament MVP, voted to the 11th region all-tournament team, second team all-state, and was voted 11th region Player of The Year. Ockerman will continue his baseball career at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. J.T. O'Reel was recognized by Mayor Brian Traugott for being named the "toughest strikeout" in the nation while at Alabama A&M. O'Reel is a 2013 graduate of Woodford County High School and a member of the 2012 state championship team. Eli Boggess was also recognized by Traugott as having the second highest batting average in the nation at .425. Boggess is a WCHS graduate and was also a member of the 2012 state championship team.

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