Cody Ewest has been playing varsity baseball since his freshman year at Thomson High School.
Now a senior, the former right fielder who was converted into an infielder in his sophomore year, is now playing third base. Ewest has developed into one the star players for the Bulldogs.
The 18-year-old helped the Thomson team win their first region baseball title a year ago. He'd like nothing better than to see his team do the same thing this year. Ewest's plan is to provide the team with three key ingredients: leadership, fielding and hitting.
Already, he's progressed well at all three.
"I love playing baseball and I love playing for the Thomson Bulldogs," said Ewest during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror .
He, like his teammates are hopeful they can repeat as Region 3-AAA champions this year and advance deep into the Class AAA State Playoffs later this season.
"I'd love to see us win another region championship and get a shot at winning the state championship," added Ewest, the son of Jimmy Ewest and Cheryl and step-dad, Charles Williams, of Thomson. "Winning a state championship is the ultimate goal, but if we don't then I'd like to see us go deep into the state playoffs."
In both instances, Ewest believes such is possible. But it won't be a given.
"We'll have to go out and earn it," said Ewest, who would like to play college baseball after graduation from Thomson High School. "We've got a good team. We've just got to continue to believe in ourselves and go out and win games. We've got to start playing like we were playing earlier in the season. Since we beat West Laurens, we haven't been playing that well. We need to go out there and find the groove that we had earlier in the season. We've got to start playing with that same mentality."
Ewest, who had a batting average of .371 going into Tuesday's game against Grovetown, has hit seven homeruns, seven doubles and driven in 25 RBI this season. He has a total of 23 hits in 62-at-bats and has scored 24 times.
Baseball coaches at Becker College in Worchester, MA., have expressed an interest in Ewest playing for them next season. Already, two former star players from Thomson High School, Westin Meehan and Austin Phillips, play there.
"I'd love to play college baseball," said Ewest. "I hope I get that opportunity."