Eddie McDaniels has decided to specialize. A versatile, multi-sport athlete at Lebanon High who earned 10 varsity letters in his four-year career, signed paperwork Wednesday morning to play baseball with hometown Cumberland University.
McDaniels, son of Missy Reeder, played baseball and basketball all four years for the Blue Devils before deciding to play football as a senior and a junior.
He played for three baseball coaches in four seasons at LHS, earning All-District 9AAA honors as a junior. He was a three-year starter in centerfield, batted at the top of the order and even pitched a few innings as a senior.
He batted .347 as a senior with 34 hits in 98 at bats. He drove in 13 runs, scored 19 times and stole 13 bases.
“Eddie has a tremendous upside,” CU coach Woody Hunt said, “he’s fast, he’s a contact hitter and he’s always handled himself well in the outfield.”
LHS football coach Sam Harp, who played two years of college baseball at Morehead State, said, “I’m anxious to see how he improves when he concentrates on just the one sport. Eddie has never really had an offseason.”