WICKSBURG, Ala. (WDHN) — Wicksburg’s Jackson Glover is keeping his baseball talents close to home.
After his high school career is over he’ll be taking the mound for the Wallace Governors.
Glover is expected to be a pitcher for the Govs but he’ll also play in the field until they figure out exactly where he fits on the team.
He plays multiple positions at Wicksburg including catcher. He believes that’s helped him improve on the mound.
“It’s helped me a lot just from pitch recognition, knowing what pitch to throw and what count, studying the batters and knowing what they hit the best and what to throw when I’m on the mound,” Glover said.
Glover has started on varsity for the Panthers since he was a freshman.
Wicksburg Head Baseball Coach Jarrod Wagner believes he’ll improve even more before he gets to Wallace.
“He’s obviously talented,” Wagner said. ” He has a pretty strong arm, good on the mound, very versatile as far as playing the field and being a good hitter as well. He’s been throwing big games for us since he was in ninth grade and I think he’ll make a big jump from junior to senior year.”
Glover spends his summers playing for Next Level Baseball out of Tallahassee.
He says the coaches both there and at Wicksburg have helped him become the player he is today.
But the diamond isn’t the only place you’ll find Glover at Wicksburg. He also plays for the schools football and basketball teams.
“He plays three sports but still finds time to put a lot of extra training in for baseball,” Wagner said. “He plays a lot in the summer. He puts a ton of work in.”
While Glover loves them all, he couldn’t imagine playing anything other than baseball at the next level.
“I just think it’s the best fit for me,” Glover said. “It’s just baseball. There’s nothing better than baseball.”
In Glover’s junior season with the Panthers he pitched 43 innings tossing 62 strikeouts and a stellar ERA of 1.14.
He had a batting average of .383 and a .589 on base percentage.
Glover says he expects his team to leave it all on the diamond to make a run at a state title his senior year.