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Less than a week removed from Lafayette football player Trey Neville committing to play football for Army, Jamestown baseball player Evan Lowery made his commitment to play for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
The rising senior is coming off his best baseball season to date in which he earned first-team Group 4A All-State honors after posting a .500 batting average, driving home 23 RBIs and belting nine home runs for the Eagles.
Playing baseball for a service academy did not interest Lowery until last year when Navy offered him a scholarship. After doing more research on the school’s engineering program – Lowery wants to major in engineering – and baseball program, Lowery said his opinion of attending the U.S. Naval Academy changed.
“I realized it would be a good path for me,” said Lowery, a straight-A student at Jamestown. “My dad went to West Point, so I’ve always known what military academies were all about.”
The service academy roots go beyond just Lowery’s father. Lowery’s brother Liam also attends the U.S. Naval Academy and plays baseball for the Midshipmen.
“I actually haven’t gotten [Liam’s] reaction yet,” Lowery said with a laugh.
Liam Lowery is currently participating in Plebe Summer, a six-week summer training program for incoming freshman that Evan Lowery will have to partake in next summer.
“They can’t use their phones during Plebe Summer,” Lowery said. “I sent him a letter, but I’m not sure if he’s gotten it yet. I think he’ll be excited, though.”
Attending a service academy is not for everyone with its strict schedules and daily routines. However, after touring the campus in April and shadowing a baseball player for a day, Lowery said he felt comfortable with the day-to-day life at the Naval Academy.
From a baseball standpoint, Jamestown Coach Mike Kuebler thinks Lowery, who Navy is recruiting as a first baseman and outfielder, will be a good fit given his power at the plate and his ability to hunt down balls on defense.
“He’s a lefty hitter and he’s one of the best hitters I’ve ever coached,” Kuebler said of Lowery. “His power from the left side is a real plus playing at the Division I level. The way he plays the outfield is pretty incredible. He gets really good jumps on balls hit over his head or in the gap. You combine speed with a great jump off the bat, he catches a lot of balls that don’t normally get caught.”
Lowery, who had scholarship offers from Dartmouth, the University of Richmond, William & Mary and Air Force, said he is happy to have the recruitment process finished.
“It’s relaxing and refreshing to know where I’m going to school already.”