Spring Creek High baseball standout Jordan Ammons knows that life is full of challenges.
The former Gator will be taking on a new challenge when he reports to his first practice at Lenoir Community College this fall, where Ammons recently signed a letter of intent.
“It means a lot. I’ve wanted to play baseball at the next level since I was little. It’s just like a dream come true,” Ammons said. “It was important to me, my mom and my dad that I stay close to home.”
During his four years at Spring Creek, the Gators had a 52-39 overall record, won a Carolina 1-A Conference title in 2016, reached the playoffs three out of four years and made it to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs in 2016.
For his career inside the batter’s box, Ammons has a .281 batting average, 16 runs, and 13 RBIs. While on the mound, Ammons posted a 2.83 earned run average, a 9-0 record and 39 strikeouts. Ammons also had a .879 fielding percentage.
The Spring Creek graduate will be leaving behind a close relationship with Gators head coach Heath Whitfield, and beginning a new one with LCC head coach Willis James.
“Coach Whitfield taught me a lot the four years I was playing for him,” Ammons said. “He taught me how to be selfless on and off the field, and that’s something he has instilled in me since I was a freshman.”
Once enrolled at LCC, Ammons expects to start his baseball career by working his way up the ladder during the fall season, and he did admit that nervousness is setting in as the new school year approaches.
Ammons will be joining a Lancers’ program that has fallen hard times in recent years. The Lancers went 9-26 last season, but have a history behind them. LCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X title in 2008 and advanced to the NJCAA World Series before eventually losing to Louisiana State University-Eunice in the championship game.
“I went one day to pitch for the coach, and he liked what he saw, and he was really the only person that showed interest in me for baseball, and I just liked the environment at LCC,” Ammons said.
Coming off of a stellar high school career, Ammons also made a note of how much playing baseball at the high school helped him prepare for life at the college level.
“Spring Creek has a family environment, and it’s prepared me for a lot of aspects of life,” Ammons said. “My coaches prepared me, and my friends prepared me, my teammates prepared me, all of them prepared me to play at the next level.”
With his career at LCC just beginning, Ammons is quick to acknowledge that he does have goals and aspirations beyond the baseball diamond.
“I want to major in exercise science, get my associate’s degree in that, transfer to a four-year school, and I want to be a P.E. teacher or a baseball coach, something like that.”