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Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
Gorman and Glen Oaks, a baseball match
by Randy Pascal

The long road of perseverance has paid off for Lively District Secondary School graduate Andrew Gorman.

The 18 year-old local baseball prospect, who first began really honing his skills at just eleven years of age with The Baseball Academy, has recently accepted a scholarship offer to attend Glen Oaks Community College in Michigan.

"What kind of stands out and has always stood out for Andrew has been his work ethic," noted local coach Jean-Gilles Larocque. "I know we seem to say that of a lot of kids, but he really is the poster child for that."

"He has maximized his ability, he doesn't take anything for granted - he's always trying to learn." Though involved in a few other sports in his youth, there was little doubt, almost from the outset, that the diamond had a special appeal for Gorman.

"I've always loved it," he said. "I watched my dad play blooperball, when I was really young, and I wanted to be better than him." After sampling pretty much every position on the field, Gorman would ultimately settle in to the very area that eventually caught the eye of the Glen Oaks scouting staff.

"I played everywhere, but when I was younger, I really wanted to be in the outfield," he said. "I can remember playing catch with my dad in the backyard and I would tell him to make me dive." This was but one detail of his overall baseball skills that Gorman would feel the need to craft over the course of the past few years.

"He's a switch-hitter, but he has a little more pop from the left," said Larocque. "It was one of the big things that got him noticed." Gorman can outline others. "The coach told me he liked my hustle, I showed some speed," said the young man who enters the Business program in the fall.

"Everything is right there. You walk right out from your dorm, and all of your classes are like 500 metres away." That short distance, however, who but the very final stretch of the baseball route that Andrew Gorman travelled to finally reach his end goal.

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