Griffin Lockwood-Powell carries a big stick.
The Lincoln catcher and Central Michigan baseball recruit has spent his senior year hitting the cover off the ball. To date, he’s hitting .561 with four homers, four triples, nine doubles and 27 RBI. Lockwood-Powell’s slugging and on-base percentages are downright silly.
“When he comes up and we have baserunners on, we know good things are going to happen,” said Coach Jordon Johnson.
The Patriots’ senior is more than a big bat, though: He’s earned the reputation as one of the state’s premier catchers.
“We don’t call the game – we let Griffin take care of that,” Johnson said, who added that plenty of coaches still handle the pitch-to-pitch strategy. “I think that says it right there.”
Lockwood-Powell caught the eye of Central Michigan while at a summer baseball camp at Notre Dame. Before he moves onto the college level, though, he’d like to cap a dominant season with a state championship.
Given the one-game-and-you’re-out format lying ahead, Lockwood-Powell knows the laser-focus needed to make good on the big goal. It’s one of the reasons why he puts in 2,500 swings a week.
“I haven’t really been thinking about it too much,” Lockwood-Powell said, “just going out there and doing it.”
- Batting .561 with four homers, 27 RBI
- Division I baseball scholarship to Central Michigan University