Jones signs with Surry CC
When picking his college destination, East Davidson senior Trevor Jones knew he wanted to do two things — play baseball at the next level and study engineering.
Surry Community College will meet both desires next fall, signing the utility player who had a breakout final season in a Golden Eagles uniform. Guilford Tech was also in the running for Jones’ services.
“I wanted to go somewhere I could play baseball and do engineering,” said Jones. “Both schools had that so I just had to pick which place would be best for me. When I went to Surry and had a tryout, I felt that was the best fit for me.”
A role player as a junior, Jones hit a solid .386. He bounced around from playing third base and the outfield, but was asked to expand his role this past spring. On a team filled with big hitters, Jones stood out above them all, leading the team with a .437 average and tying with Nathan Campbell in hits with 31. He matured as a player, and making a change from contacts to glasses helped him see the ball better.
“I just worked in the cage more,” he said. “Last year I batted over .300 and was happy with that, but I wanted to bat over .400 and this year I accomplished that goal.”
Jones was the type of player East coach Dan Tricarico loves to have. Someone who does exactly as he is told and wants to contribute no matter how big or small the role.
“He did not get a great opportunity as a junior,” said Tricarico. “Trevor was a role player and did great with that, then came back as a senior and led the team in hitting. He is the epitome of a role and utility player. It did not matter where I asked him to play. He would go in and do a great job. We are not 21-4 this year without him. To lead this team in hitting with the players that we had shows how hard he has worked.”
Surry competes at the NJCAA Division II level. Jones should compete for playing time immediately in the outfield for the Knights.
“Trevor is going to fit a need that we have got,” said Surry assistant coach Tim Collins. “We are looking for outfielders and he has good speed and a nice swing. He keeps it in the zone a long time and we think he will do a great job for us.”