— By GREG WEBB
BROCK — At the recent gathering to celebrate yet another Brock student-athlete who will be taking scholastic and athletic skills to the next level, head baseball coach Chad Massey spoke of Colby Fowler’s work ethic, which helped the left-handed pitcher to increase his velocity and develop his second and third pitches to a higher plane of proficiency. Massey also praised the Brock senior for supplementing the Eagles ball club by being a good teammate and student.
Fowler has endeared himself to life at the school and on the team in a relatively short period of time, entering just his second season with the Eagles after the family migrated west from Aledo. Colby has cemented plans for the next couple of seasons, as well, signing a national letter of intent to attend and play baseball at Hill College, located in Hillsboro.
Summer ball took Fowler to a tournament at Hill, where the Rebels’ head coach Chris Rateike got his first look at the southpaw. A subsequent showcase reaped an evaluation for Colby and affirmed his desire to continue his career at a junior college, and an eventual visit to Hill, and an offer, nailed down the plans to attend the school.
“Ultimately, I want to take my [baseball] career as far as it will take me,” Fowler said. “I’m just really happy to be able to take this next step. This is a big day.”
Scholastically, after his basic studies are taken care of, Colby wants to pursue a degree in architectural engineering, but in the mean time plans to embrace designs on continuing to improve his pitching trade and hitting the books.
But first on the agenda — finish his senior year at Brock and take the Eagles Nine as far as possible.
“I don’t think we are quite where we want to be yet, but we will keep working hard as a team and hopefully be ready for a playoff run,” Colby said. “ You always want to win that last game [of the season].”