WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Imagine a situation where Clayton Richard, Nick Wittgren or Josh Lindblom were not able to play baseball their senior year of high school. Who knows how a canceled season might have effected the trajectory of their careers. That's the reality for Lindblom's old high school Harrison and its eight seniors this year.
The Raiders senior class included Oscar Magallanes, who was new to the varsity roster this season.
Ethan York pitched and played middle infield for the Raiders, and played a key role in head coach Pat Lowrey's defensive rotation. York plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Seth Whaley pitched and played the infield for the Raiders. He plans to continue his academic and baseball careers at Indiana Tech in the fall.
Colby McDowell contributed on the mound during his career at Harrison. McDowell plans on attending Ivy Tech before transferring to a four year institution.
Lowrey described Jerrick Mennen as the team's ace on the mound. Mennen also saw time in the outfield. He plans to stay in the area and attend Purdue University in the fall.
Luke Smith served as a catcher for the majority of his Harrison baseball career.
Brice McCormick played third and second base, and also saw time on the mound. He plans to continue his baseball career at Taylor University in the fall.
The final senior for Harrison is Coy Brooke, also a new member to the varsity roster this season.
While Lowry is heartbroken he can't coach this group for their final year of high school, he knows the program is in a better place because of their services.
"This class made us better. I mean there is no doubt in my mind that these younger kids saw how they lead," said Lowrey.
"I am really excited about the future of the program because of these seniors. We've got a really good group of kids coming in, high character kids that are pretty good at the game of baseball. But I think these seniors really laid that foundation for our future success."