Loggers all-star Dorris a late bloomer

Published On: Jul 14 2012 08:04:30 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 14 2012 08:11:22 PM CDT
Jacob Dorris

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Jacob Dorris currently leads the Northwoods League in strikeouts. He has 67 Ks in 16 games.

"I mean, I couldn't picture it, but it's something I feel like I had the potential to do," he said.

It's pretty amazing, especially considering he didn't start pitching until his senior year of high school.

"It's kind of a funny story. My junior year of high school, one of our ace pitchers showed up late to a game, to a pregame. And the coach said hey buddy, you're not gonna pitch. And they didn't know who could throw. And so they said hey Jacob, you think you could pitch? And I said, well I haven't pitched since I was a little kid, since I was like 9 years old, and I wasn't very good then. And they said do you think you could throw sidearm? Like you do when you turn double plays from short stop? And I said well, let's give it a shot."

Jacob went seven innings and allowed one hit. The rest is history.

"It legitimately changed my life," he said. "I wasn't planning on playing college baseball. I had applied to a few schools for academics. I made fairly good grades. And I was ready to just go be a student, get ready for the work world."

Dorris had a slow start to his collegiate career. He was inconsistent as a freshman at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

"It was a tough year," he said. "I had a lot, just baseball wise, a lot of ups and downs. I spent a lot of time in my own head, wondering, am I ready for what I'm doing?"

After spending the summer in La Crosse, and being named an all-star, Dorris is thinking about the next level.

"That's my goal, is to play at the next level, and I can't think of a better place to hone those skills than right here."