High School Sports

A top-ranked softball team in great shape thanks to its do-it-all equipment manager

Eaton has quickly become one of the top softball programs in the state in only its third season at the UIL varsity level.

The Eagles reached the regional quarterfinals in 2017 and then the semifinal round last season.

Eaton has multiple players either signed or committed to play at Division I programs.

But as good as the Eagles are on the diamond, a big part of their success comes inside the dugout.

Senior Ezra Cox has been the equipment manager and bat boy for the softball team for the past four years. He’s also the equipment manager for the football, girls basketball and volleyball teams.

Eaton Ezra Cox is the football, volleyball and softball equipment manager. Courtesy

“He’s a valuable member of the program. He helps set up and take down practice equipment everyday,” said softball coach Lynn Rottman. “He helps set up the field for games. He’s an amazing young man who works hard and does everything we ask him to do.”

One day out of the blue, Rottman asked Cox if he’d join the team as a manager. He said yes and has since spread his expertise to football, volleyball and basketball.

“It has been a blessing to have Ezra as part of the softball program and I’m truly grateful for his service,” Rottman said.

Cox has a mild to moderate sensory neural hearing loss. He’s not completely deaf, but needs accommodations like hearing aids.

He passed his hearing test at birth, but had pneumothorax, also known as a collapsed lung.

At age 2, his parents took him for an Auditory Brainstem Response test.

“That whole time I wasn’t talking at all. My parents were very confused on how I wasn’t speaking or hearing them. We used sign language to communicate. Then my parents took me to the audiologist. I was about 4,” Cox said. “I had learned to read lips and passed the first test. She then covered her lips and I couldn’t understand what she was saying. The doctor and my parents discovered that I had a hearing loss.”

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.