BY AARON SNYDER
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
As the chair at the center table awaited his arrival, Cole Cordle sensed a swirl of thoughts swimming about in his head as he ventured down a Russell High School hallway.
“I was thinking, like, I’m actually taking this step, I’m actually becoming an adult, pretty much,” Cordle said. “I was just kinda overwhelmed, but I love it.”
Cordle signed a letter of intent on Monday to play baseball at Kentucky Christian University. He wants to study ministry and minor in music production.
The Russell senior will likely pitch for the Knights. He leads the Red Devils with a 1.75 earned run average this season. He’s tallied 15 strikeouts over 16 innings.
Cordle is also an outfielder — mostly right field. He’s been a part of an organized baseball team since age 4, so he couldn’t fathom the thought of giving it up.
“It’s been a goal of mine (to play collegiately), so to actually get to live that out is amazing,” Cordle said. “It’s weird actually getting to this level in life and seeing things come together and that you’re not a kid anymore.”
Cordle said he had a strong example to follow in Tony West, his brother. West pitched at Greenup County seven years ago.
The right-hander has drawn extra motivation from the absence of Jaeden Layne, one of Cordle’s best friends and a top pitcher who is sidelined with injury.
“It’s been different, it’s been hard, but the rest of the team has to step up and do our jobs,” Cordle said. “He’s always there to support us, has always been a captain for us, has been that person to keep us going.”
Some of Cordle’s best baseball memories also involve Layne.
“From the time we were 7 or 8, we would just go to work on the mound and do our best together to get a win for our team,” Cordle said. “That’s always a good feeling to have a brother there with you to win a game.”
Cordle adores baseball, he said. He plays in the summer and fall, too.
“I really love this sport and cherish it so much,” he said.
“It’s probably my first love.”
Cordle said nothing has been more valuable in his development than mound experience. He will continue to log innings for the Red Devils this season as the postseason nears. Cordle said he saw some promising signs for this team in a recent 6-4 loss to Johnson Central.
“I feel like if we fixed a few little things, we could’ve won that,” Cordle said.
Cordle envisions working in children’s or youth ministry.
He aims to stay sharp with his musical abilities, too — he plays guitar, bass guitar, drums and ukulele.
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