La Crosse has special place in the heart of Loggers' Dorris

Pitcher returned for second season

For Dorris, Loggers Have Special Place

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Sometimes the best in their craft just fall into it.

That's the case for Loggers relief pitcher Jacob Dorris, who was an all-star in La Crosse two summers ago. We introduced you to his story then.

Dorris' high school team needed someone to pitch. He had never done it, but his coach asked if he could throw sidearm, like turning a double play. He could, and by spending the summer of 2012 with the Loggers, he learned he wants to make a career of it.

"I always think back to the summer I was here and some of the lessons I learned that summer," he said.

Jacob led the Northwoods league in strikeouts in 2012 and earned an invitation to the prestigious Cape Cod League. That's where he spent summer 2013.

"Met a lot of good friends out there, had some great coaches, there's a lot of exposure."

He began this season playing in the Cape too, but after three weeks, he wanted to come back to where it all started.

"I think I re-fell in love with baseball that first summer I was here in 2012 and obviously it's still going. I called [Loggers Manager Chris] Goodell, hey, please take me back, I want to be a Logger again!"

A lot has changed since his first summer here.

"A lot of growing pains, a lot of growing, getting better as a ballplayer, and just as a man."

His love for the Loggers, however, never will.

"It sounds cliche but the Copeland crazies really do mean a lot to me. That's kind of where I learned to love baseball again and this place is what made me realize it's what I want to do with the rest of my life, is play and coach baseball."

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