RIPLEY – It’s that time of year with road construction all over the place.
It means but one thing, “Slow Down.”
For Christopher Jordan, that isn’t easy to do.
Don’t get the wrong idea, Jordan abides by the law while driving. But he is on a fast pace in preparing to construct the next chapter of his baseball life
The recent Ripley High graduate, who was a two-time Class AAA First Team All-Stater and Player of the Year candidate, is going to be heading off soon to West Virginia State University where he will attend classes and begin prepping for his first season with the proud Yellow Jacket program.
Needless to say, Jordan hasn’t done much slowing down since the final out was recorded in Ripley’s tough loss to Nitro in the Class AAA State Tournament semifinal at Appalachian Power Park.
“I’ve been playing all summer with the (American Legion) Post 94 team (out of South Charleston), and just doing all kinds of individual stuff,” Jordan said.
Shane Casto, Ripley’s head coach and another former Viking Class AAA First Team All-Stater, knows life will be different without Jordan.
“He’s every coach’s dream,” Casto said. “He works at baseball all year long. He works at it non-stop. He truly is the first to show up and the last to leave. He’s going to be hard to replace. He’s one of the best-ever at Ripley High. West Virginia State is getting a gem.”
With the Post 94 team, Jordan and his teammates were involved in close to 40 games. Jordan played shortstop and pitched for the AL team.
“I’ll stay at short at State,” said Jordan, who led his final Viking team with a .577 batting average. On the mound, he turned in a 9-2 record with a 1.40 ERA.
A typical day for Jordan is going to the batting cage and hitting 200 balls off of a tee. That’s just part of a monster workout he puts in daily to get ready for the next level.
Jordan will join a program that has a rich baseball history, including multiple league titles and trips to the NCAA Division II World Series.
The head coach of the Yellow Jackets is Shane Loyd. One of Loyd’s assistants will be Zach Casto, who is the son of Bryce Casto, a former Viking three-sport standout. Bryce Casto and Shane Casto are first cousins.
“I’m pumped,” Jordan said of getting to State. “I wish the season was starting right now. I’m going to do my best.”
Without question, Jordan established himself as one of the school’s all-time best.
“It was a lot of fun playing at Ripley. And I’m proud to be mentioned with the some of the best to play here.”
Christopher Jordan leaves quite a legacy, but in his mind he’s just getting started.
Therefore, he simply doesn’t have time to slow down in his process of constructing more layers to a wonderful baseball career.