Arapaho-Butler’s Jace Edelen – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Ryan Stone

The Arapaho Butler FFA Student-Athlete of the Month is Jace Edelen, a senior baseball player for the Indians. As Arapaho gets ready for the fall season Edelen is primed for another breakout year.

Last Fall Edelen hit .480 with 5 homeruns and 20 RBI. Then in the spring he batted .464 with two HRs and 15 RBIs. Jace is a standout pitcher and had and ERA of 1.0 in the spring but threw limited innings due to a shoulder injury. When his shoulder is healthy his fastball tops out at around 85 MPH.

“I always try to get ahead in the count so I can throw my out pitches and I try not to overthrow and overpower guys I just try to get them out,” said Edelen.

Now that he’s healthy Edelen has his sights set on a monster season.

“I want to try to hit .500 this season and keep my ERA at 1.5 or under,” said Edelen, “I also want to lead the guys past regionals and get them to State, especially with being the leader on this team. Leadership is going to be huge for me with us having a long of young guys, going to lead by example as much as I can and go hard in practice and in games, so that those young guys see what it takes.”

Edelen is also involved in the FFA program at Arapaho-Butler. He’s participated as a livestock judge at an event in Clinton and has taken part in a couple opening ceremonies for competitions.

“When I first moved here, I just took the class and really liked it, from there I went to alumni camp and that just opened me up to new things,” said Edelen.

Jace is also a standout in the classroom with a 3.85 GPA. He is currently the Student Council Vice President and is involved in FCA and the Academic Team. After high school Edelen will go on to pitch at Seminole State.