SJC’s Gillespie to Jesuit for baseball

St. John Central’s Cody Gillespie elevated the Fighting Irish to new heights on the baseball diamond this spring.

Now, Gillespie will continue his academic and athletic career at the next level, enrolling at Wheeling Jesuit University this fall where he will become a member of the Cardinals’ program.

“No question, Cody was our go-to guy on the mound and he responded with several big-time performances,” acknowledged St. John Central baseball mentor Tim Blue. “Cody is an all-around talent and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit to Wheeling Jesuit’s roster.”

On the hill, Gillespie posted a 4-5 ledger, recording 61 strikeouts and a pair of saves. Gillespie authored a pair of regular season no-hitters and combined with teammate Travis Ogden on a third mound gem.

“Cody is a great competitor and we hope some of that rubbed off on the younger players coming up through our program,” Blue added.

“Not only did Cody get it done (on the mound), he was also very reliable as a hitter. Probably our best all-around player.’

Gillespie hit a robust .425, collecting 32 hits and driving in 33 teammates. He also scored 35 runs. “We were able to compile more wins (10) this season than in past years and Cody was a major reason why,” Blue advised.

At Wheeling Jesuit, Gillespie is joining a Cardinals’ club directed by Edwards who recently completed his eighth season with the Redbirds’ program. Edwards is primarily responsible for transforming WJU’s baseball program into a annual contender.

Prior to arriving at Wheeling Jesuit, Edwards enjoyed a highly successful tenure as a teacher-coach at Wheeling Central High where he was a two-time Dapper Dan Coach of the Year.

Edwards was also recognized by the OVAC as its 2000 Coach of the Year.

Gillespie will be joining a Cardinals’ roster which includes a number of area products including John Kernik and Logan Hudson (Shadyside); Robbie Davia (Harrison Central); Mitch Ludewig (Toronto); Cory Wickham (Edison); Adam Young (Indian Creek) and Jordan Medley (Linsly).

Wheeling Jesuit finished its 2012 campaign at 19-24.

The Cardinals annually open the campaign with a southern road swing in early spring.

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