Local ballplayer earns scholarship from US university
A local ball player has received a $9,000 scholarship to play at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.
Cody Thompson, 17, will play for Jamestown in the fall after receiving a joint academic and athletic scholarship for his work playing AAA baseball for the Calgary Redbirds for three years and for his Grade 12 year this year at the Badlands Baseball Academy in Oyen.
Thompson, a big hitter weighing 250 lbs. at only 6 feet in height, finished the fall season batting .450 and is currently riding a 12 game hitting streak in the spring season. He’s described as a five-tool player, with a hot bat, great speed for his size, a good glove, and a decent arm.
Thompson said his last year at the Oyen academy has paid dividends and was part of his appeal to the Jamestown scouts.
“I’ve matured since going and have become a lot more responsible. (The academy) has you doing stuff on your own for the most part. I’ve been told that some schools like the fact that we live without our families because we’re used to being away from home and it’s easier for us to make the move,” said Thompson.
Thompson played AAA ball for the Calgary Redbirds for three years, while attending DVSS in Drumheller, after dedicating himself wholly to ball and dropping hockey, his mother Marcy Thompson said.
“He’s made a lot of sacrifices getting to where he is. He’s still got a couple of really good friends here but he’s lost touch with some in Drumheller. But he’s found a great family in Oyen. His team spends all their time together,” she said.
“The ultimate goal would to enter the minors then the majors,” Cody said, but right now he said he will focus on playing well at Jamestown while working on a business management degree.
The Jamestown Jimmies just finished a strong season with a record of 52-11 but were beat out in the NSAA semifinals.
Local ball player Cody Thompson, centre, received a $9,000 joint academic and athletic scholarship to play at the University of Jamestown this fall. Thompson played AAA ball in Calgary while attending DVSS until Grade 11, where he finished his final year at the Badlands Baseball Academy where he batted .450 last fall.