HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Brock Gower is keeping with the family tradition and heading to Huntington University. Gower — whose father and two sisters went to Huntington — is a three-sport athlete at Huntington North, but he will narrow his focus to baseball for the Foresters.
Gower’s Huntington connections run deep. His dad, Doug, is the Foresters’ softball coach, and his mother, Wendy, works as the university’s Technology Services Office Manager. Gower’s older sisters, Brandi and Brittany, went to Huntington to play softball.
All of the Huntington connections have allowed Gower to develop a relationship with Foresters’ baseball coach Mike Frame.
“It’s kind of a family affair,” said Gower, who also plays football and basketball for the Vikings. “My mom works there, so that kind of helps with financial issues. Coach Frame and I have a good connection, so I’m looking forward to going there.”
Gower has gotten the chance to play some fall baseball with the Foresters the past couple years, something he thinks will help his transition to college ball.
“It gave me a feel for what the team is going to be like,” Gower said. “It gave me a connection with the players and something to look forward to for the future.”
After playing shortstop for the early part of his high school career, Gower made the move to leftfield last spring. He quickly adjusted and finished the year with a .356 average and .491 on-base percentage, helping the Vikings to a 27-7 record.
Huntington North coach Russ Degitz, a former Forester himself, is planning to use the versatile Gower on the mound, as well.
“I think Brock is going to be really good at that level,” said Degitz, “and I think he’s going to be really good for us this year. With some of our depth, we’ve moved him around a bit. He’s found a home for us in leftfield. We’re really excited about what he can do for us on the mound. His arm is a little more protected in leftfield than it would be in the infield. We’ll probably use him a lot in relief.”
As of now, Huntington University coach Mike Frame is anticipating moving Gower back to the infield when he steps foot on Huntington’s campus.
“I think he’s going to be a very solid college player,” said Frame, who has guided the Foresters to three Mid-Central Conference titles in the past four years. “We’re probably going to look at him more in the infield, maybe a little on the mound. He’s got a plus-arm, he’s a good athlete, he runs well and he’s got good hands.”
Next fall will be the first time Gower — a running back and defensive back in football and a guard on the basketball team — will completely focus on baseball. Both Degitz and Frame mentioned how Gower could take off once he transitions from a three-sport athlete to a baseball player.
“I say this,” Degitz said, “with all of the three-sport athletes: Once they get to focus on just one sport, who knows what the ceiling is for their potential. I see him growing leaps and bounds these next couple years and really being able to contribute.”
Provided by Austan Kas, Herald Press