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Cam Eaton celebrates with teammates during the EPC finals. Cam Eaton celebrates with teammates during the EPC finals.
Press photo by Linda RothrockCam Eaton lost his job in football but came back with an outstanding baseball season. Press photo by Linda RothrockCam Eaton lost his job in football but came back with an outstanding baseball season.

Eaton’s season paved by football

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Throughout the baseball season, Cam Eaton knew the big picture and how to appreciate it.

He has been there before as the football team’s starting quarterback only to lose his job to teammate Joe Kerbacher after the seventh game of the season.

In fact, football helped him shape his final baseball season.

“I let the incident make me work even harder,” said the senior. “I learned a lot from what happened in football. It reminded me never to let something like that happen again.

“Football motivated me. It got me back in the weight room and back to work. But it has been two different things with baseball.”

Eaton took his cue from the start and was one of the Konkrete Kids’ leading hitters all season, finishing with a .382 average. He led the team with four homers and 25 RBIs.

His determination and work ethic paid some spring dividends.

“I worked on my swing during the winter and gained more confidence,” said the tri-captain. “I started seeing the ball better, and the big thing was keeping my hands back. I really felt good about the season ahead.

“I felt like I had a lot to prove to myself.”

Head coach Mick Sugra believed Eaton would be an offensive presence in the lineup.

“Cam (Eaton) had a huge year offensively and defensively for us,” said Sugra. “He is just a great kid who is among the top-30 in his class. He is a guy who always is on the tee doing extra work and hitting more balls. He is very receptive to what he needs to work on. His hard work paid off and he had a great year for us.”

One of seven seniors on the team, Eaton was confident he and his teammates would have a banner season. Beating Emmaus during the regular season was a huge hurdle to leap. Ironically, it was Emmaus who derailed them in the end.

“We took a lot from losing to Parkland and Emmaus to start the year,” he said. “From there, we knew we could go out and play with any team. It started our 13-game winning streak.

“We should have beat Parkland the second time we played them, but beating Emmaus was huge. That meant a lot to all of us, especially the seniors. It was a big mental block that we got over. It was always in the back of our minds that we had to beat them.”

Eaton plans to attend Drexel University in the fall and pursue a degree in engineering, a career path he has long sought.

Yet, his senior baseball season won’t leave his memory anytime soon.

“This was a good year,” said Eaton. “It was a great way to cap off the baseball season. We worked as a team and wanted this for a long time. We didn’t have any super-flashy guys, but guys who supported each other all the way.

“These memories will stay with us for a while.”