Slain police officer once dreamed of pro baseball career

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Jason Ellis went to college at what is now the University of the Cumberlands where he still holds numerous records earned on the baseball diamond.

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Jason Ellis' college career started here in 1998. But his teammates and his coach say they truly saw him shine on the baseball diamond.

South Laurel baseball coach Wynn Harris says Jason Ellis was his college roommate. In baseball he witnessed Ellis break record after record..including all time career hits, doubles, and home runs.

“He was Conference Player of the Year…4 time All Conference. Absolutely one of the best players I ever played with,” said Harris.

Ellis played in 186 games which is still a career record on the Williamsburg campus. His coach says he was a leader off and on the field.

“When I got there, I couldn’t believe what a talent I was able to inherit. He was a big part of what made us have a good season that year,” said Cumberlands Coach Bradley Shelton.

He excelled in so many areas but his coaches and teammates say he also talked about one day becoming a lawman, a husband and a father.

“I sat down with my little boy that night….’Mason we need to say a special prayer for somebody. We’ve got two little boys not getting to go to bed with their Daddy tonight,”’ said Harris.

Coach Shelton says Ellis had the skills and the talent to make it as a professional ball player. But injuries led him to another love...a career in law enforcement.


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