Warden will lead the Panther baseball team in the spring. As a sophomore, he was one of the leaders of the Class 3A state championship squad. In the Panthers’ 8-1 victory over Brebeuf Jesuit in the state title game, Warden went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring a run. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief to seal the Panthers’ first state title in a boys team sport.
Warden has a passion for baseball — he is a Morehead State recruit. Some in his position might consider focusing on just baseball, but he is a proud two-sport athlete.
“I don’t ever drop a sport,” he said. “If I’ve dedicated myself to playing for this team, I’m going to practice and work just like I will for baseball. I’m not going to half-way play basketball. I’m committed to this team. I wouldn’t expect anyone to come on a team and slow down because it’s not their main sport. I still do baseball on the side, work at it just as hard, but with basketball, I prepare for it and I go just as hard.”
Western boys 1,000-point club Player Class Points Josh Nelson 2003 1,308 Wes Dickinson 2007 1,286 Alan Davidson 2003 1,197 Rick Pearson 1976 1,053 Evan Warden 2014 1,011+ + Active