Brock Lummus’ recruitment started to heat up last spring after a breakthrough junior season for the Hays High baseball team.
The process culminated on Wednesday, with Lummus signing his letter of intent to play baseball at Butler Community College.
“I tried to look for the school that welcomed me the most and had more interest in me,” Lummus said. “That led me to Butler from the start. They wanted me and were always looking out for me.”
Lummus was instrumental in a 20-2 season last year for the Indians. He caught every game and hit .333 with 11 extra-base hits, three home runs and 25 runs driven in, earning first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
“At the end of the spring season and into the summer, I started getting calls from coaches to go to camps and stuff,” Lummus said. “I got my first offer at the end of the summer. I was like, ’I got a chance to play at the next level. This is awesome.’ ”
Lummus credited his work in the weight room for his big junior season.
“I was always a big fan of the weight room, but (HHS football coach Tony Crough) really helped me with that,” Lummus said. “I got in there more and got stronger, which got me a lot of power and more athletic behind the plate and hitting-wise.”
Lummus is a three-sport athlete for the Indians (baseball, football and basketball), but says his passion is baseball.
“I’ve always done other sports to stay in shape and be the best athlete I can, but baseball’s been my No. 1. It’s been a dream of mine to play at the next level,” Lummus said.
The Grizzlies went 39-19 last year and have won 12 of their first 13 games this season. Lummus expects to primarily play catcher at Butler.
“If I keep my hitting up, I could also possibly DH, or play corner infield or corner outfield,” Lummus said. “Whatever helps the team.”
He said it’s a weight off his shoulders to have his college plans finalized.
“It’s a big relief,” Lummus said. “Now I can focus on what’s coming up. Now with baseball in the spring season and summer season, I won’t have to worry about all the recruiting stuff. It’s all done until next fall when I go there.”
The Indian baseball program is entering its first season under Dustin Dreher, a longtime assistant under Frank Leo. Leo wrapped up an illustrious 39-year run as Indians’ coach last year.
Lummus is looking forward to being a senior leader for the Indians.
“I think it’s my job to step up as a team leader and be a captain and lead this team to whatever we can accomplish,” Lummus said.