Lakewood senior Ross Strickland has committed to Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, to play baseball.
The Leopard has been a baseball player since he was 5 years old, and is happy to be able to continue this part of his life as he moves on past high school.
Strickland explained why baseball was his favorite sport. “I love the fact that baseball is an individual game, but with the team concept,” he said.
“I have always wanted to play baseball, but my dad (Mark Strickland) is definitely the one that has influenced me the most. He kind of became that extra push to keep me playing, and to continue getting better,” Strickland continued.
During his four years at Lakewood, the senior has played soccer, track, basketball, and baseball. He also played travel ball with the Carolina Cubs, which is how he got noticed by a Roanoke College Ronney scout a few months ago. Strickland said he plans to major in pre-med.
This past fall, Strickland played on the Lakewood soccer team for Coach Jay Faircloth. He was a defender.
“Ross is a good player, no matter what the sport is. He gives all he has to the game,” Coach Faircloth said.
For 3 springs, Strickland has played for Coach Larry Bass on Lakewood’s baseball team. His spot is usually in center-field, but Bass said Strickland was good at any position on the field.
“Ross is a very good student-athlete. He has always done really well in school and on the field. He was a leader for our team whether it was at practice or in a game. Ross is an exceptional all-around player. He started as our center fielder, but he’s played pitcher, catcher, and short stop from time to time. Ross can really play any position you put him on. He has a good baseball mind set. He’s able to play smart,” related Coach Bass.
As for moving such a long way from home next fall, Strickland seemed a bit nervous, but said jokingly, “I guess I’m going to have to learn how to wash and iron my own clothes now.”