Jackson Emus ’19 grew up in Massachusetts and loved the game of baseball from the first time he started playing. Although he played many sports growing up, including soccer and basketball, baseball is what he has always been most passionate about.
Emus said, “After playing summer baseball when I was nine, I fell in love with the game. At the age of ten and after, baseball really took over as my main sport over others.”
Since coming in as a new Lower last year, Emus has been on the Varsity Baseball team under Head Coach Kevin Graber. Emus is both a talented pitcher and a motivating player, according to Tristan Latham ’19.
Latham said, “[Emus is] a very competitive and talented guy as a baseball player. He throws a [really good] fastball and his curveball breaks, which is really nice. He also hits with power as a switch hitter, which is really hard to do. He adds a lot to the team, on and off the field, with him being a great guy and friend.”
According to Lucas Stowe ’20, Emus is a leader on the field and a team player, who makes an effort to get to know everyone on the team.
“Jackson is the type of kid every team wants. On the field, he hits for power and contact, can play a ton of different positions, and is a force on the mound. Off the field, he is very personable and can connect with every person on the team. He’s the king of obscure movie quotes,” said Stowe.
As the upcoming season approaches, Emus looks forward to working with the new players.
“Having some new guys this year really helps build on the culture of our team. Just knowing that those guys will step up and lead the team in a couple of years is something to see, and hopefully, I can be a resource to help them along the way. They’re part of our group and are getting to know how this team works, along with getting better,” said Emus.
According to Emus, one of his goals for the season is to finish strong and win the Central New England Prep Baseball League Championship.
Emus said, “We had some bumpy times last year, some of them at the end of the season. I hope to come out strong for each and every game, win some of them, and look back at the end of the year and be proud of our season. After a disappointing result in the championship game last year, I’m really excited to play as hard as I can help us go all the way this year.”