The senior catcher caught every inning of every game for the Phantoms during the scholastic season that ended with a District 1 Class AA championship and a berth in the state tournament.

Ferguson, who won the Bodine-New Award as the outstanding senior in baseball presented by coach Jack Sturgeon, will also be catching and working as a designated hitter for the Phoenixville Steelmen in Chester County League American Legion baseball this summer.

Ferguson and pitcher Mike Wagner were also members of the 2001 PIAA Class AA state championship squad. This year they were the battery when the Phantoms defeated Harriton, 11-1, to capture the district title at Glen Mills School. They have been teammates since their days in Kimberton Youth Athletic League (KYAL).

A No. 3 hitter as well as a solid defensive catcher, Ferguson has been chosen as The Phoenix Male Athlete of the Week.

He will be attending Arcadia University in Glenside to continue his academic and baseball careers at the Division III level. He has not decided on a major field of study.

"They (Arcadia) did very well this year," Ferguson said of the team that competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional at Boyertown's Bear Stadium.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Ferguson will work on weightlifting to bulk up for the rigors of collegiate baseball. He is especially concerned about his lower body strength.

Ferguson has also been a goalkeeper in ice hockey, which has helped him in blocking balls in the dirt as a catcher at the same time. He also made strong throws on attempts to nab baserunners.

"I think I only had two passed balls," Ferguson said. "I am proud of that. I made it all the way back. It was a big improvement over last year."

The wear and tear behind the plate does not bother Ferguson.

"At the end of games I feel it, not in between," he said.

Northeastern York ended Phoenixville's scholastic season with a 12-7 victory in the first round of state competition at Spring-Ford's Ram Stadium. The Bobcats hammered a pair of grand slam home runs to highlight the victory.

"They were a really good team," Ferguson said. "They compare to (undefeated PAC-10 champion) Boyertown. Their number eight hitter hit the first grand slam."

Ferguson earned honorable mention accolades on the All-PAC-10 team selected by the coaches.


Phoenix Staff Writer

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