- Published on Monday, 30 April 2012 03:06
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Seated L-R: Leann Malphurs (mother), Logan Malphurs, ERAU head coach Randy Stegall. Standing L-R: Carl Malphurs (father), ERAU coach Dave Therneau, Gatorball coach Stephen Barton
ALACHUA – Santa Fe High School (SFHS) senior third baseman, Logan Malphurs, made it official on Thursday as he signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Embry-Riddle University (ERAU). Malphurs finalized his decision to attend ERAU with a signing ceremony at Santa Fe High School where he was surrounded by coaches, family, friends, teammates, and faculty.
Santa Fe head baseball coach Todd Brooks addressed the gathering and summed up his feelings about Malphurs with three Cs—consistency, character, and confidence. Brooks said Malphurs, who is an ideal student athlete with a 4.7 weighted grade point average, leads by example on and off the baseball field. Brooks said he was sure that Malphurs would continue to succeed throughout life because of the strong work ethic he displays every day.
The group was also addressed by Stephen Barton, head coach and owner of Gatorball Baseball Academy, whom Malphurs has played for since 2006. About Malphurs, Barton said, “He shows that having a dream and working hard pays off.”
Logan Malphurs thanked the large gathering, paying special attention to the many coaches who have helped him along the way. Malphurs, who also had an offer from Jacksonville University, said he decided on Embry-Riddle because “The campus is beautiful, and they have a winning program. I really liked the coaches, and I really feel like they are going to take care of me.” Malphurs added, “I was just so happy that all of my hard work has paid off. I am just so happy that the dreams I have had since I was little have come true.”
Last season, Malphurs finished with a .368 batting average and was awarded SFHS Defensive Player of the Year award. Currently, he is hitting .310 as the Raiders enter district play this week.