Elgin's Ezell making mark as closer at Butler
In the late 1970s during two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, Gary Ezell never liked the idea of being ear-marked as a closing pitcher.
Too much monotony.
"I enjoyed doing everything, every day," said the former standout at Elgin High School and Cameron University. "I enjoyed playing everything in the game."
Fast forward to 2014, when Gary's son, Trever Ezell, is making a name for himself closing games for Butler Community College (Kan.). The sophomore's 15 saves this season led the NJCCA, and were two shy of the school record 17 set in 2006-07 by Greg Johnson, a Chicago White Sox draftee.
Trever became the nation's save leader after tossing a scoreless top of the seventh inning against Seward County, a late-April victory that clinched a home sub-regional for Butler.
"That was a pretty good one. It was much needed," said Trever, who has signed to pitch and play third base for Division II University of Central Missouri next season. He finished 3-0 as a starter with a 3.04 ERA, enough to land him on the KJCCC All-Conference Western Division Second-Team, which was released last Wednesday.