Maverick Bacon is headed to Ball State. Pictured, front row left to right: Isaac Bacon, Dakota Bacon, Maverick Bacon, Carmen Bacon and Teeg Bacon. Back row left to right: Athletic Director/NM head coach Matt Merica, NM assistant coach Ryan Nuppnau, NM assistant coach Darren Bechtel, former NM head coach Matt Vorhees, and Todd Bacon.
Maverick Bacon is headed to Ball State. Pictured, front row left to right: Isaac Bacon, Dakota Bacon, Maverick Bacon, Carmen Bacon and Teeg Bacon. Back row left to right: Athletic Director/NM head coach Matt Merica, NM assistant coach Ryan Nuppnau, NM assistant coach Darren Bechtel, former NM head coach Matt Vorhees, and Todd Bacon.
It's official.

Montgomery County's best baseball player will be a Ball State Cardinal a year from now.

Maverick Bacon, a senior at North Montgomery and the returning Montgomery County Baseball Player of the Year, signed his national letter of intent to play at BSU on Wednesday.

Bacon verbally committed before the start of his junior season. That commitment was first reported by The Paper of Montgomery County on April 4.

"From the first visit I liked it. I liked the coaches, atmosphere and players," Bacon told The Paper after his signing Wednesday. "I feel like they have a bright future in store for the program. They have a new stadium coming and they won the (MAC) last year. I feel like that was the best spot for me."

As a junior, the standout shortstop his .553 with 42 hits and 29 RBIs. Seven of those hits were doubles, two were triples and one left the park. Bacon hit safely in 25-of-27 games last season and reached base in every game. He was 9-of-10 on stolen base attempts.

"I feel that verbally committing last year played a role in my success," Bacon said. He said that the official signing will allow him to focus once again on performing on the field and building from last season. "I'm excited to have this opportunity and I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Defensively, Bacon had a .900 fielding percentage in 90 chances. He also made nine appearances on the mound and recorded five saves.

"Maverick has an incomparable work ethic," Matt Voorhees said after the verbal commitment. Voorhees coached Bacon through last season. He resigned his head coaching post in October following a promotion within the Indiana State Police. "He has set a goal for himself and is willing to put in the work to reach that goal. Simply stated, he wants to play professional baseball and I believe that with his hard work and determination he can achieve that goal."

For all his success, Bacon remains humble and deferred credit.

"I want to thank my dad. He's put in a lot of time. My whole family has, but he's sacrificed a lot," Bacon added. "I definitely wouldn't be this far without him."

In addition to coaching Maverick on travel teams, his dad, Todd, is the head coach at Marian University. Todd was one of many family members and friends on hand to celebrate the signing at North Montgomery on Wednesday.