PAWLEY'S ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - A multi-sport athlete at Waccamaw, senior Jake Monroe has grown accustomed to working year-round.
"He's a good leader for us. Blessed with speed, good tools with his arm; good hands," said Waccamaw head Coach Jeff Gregory. "He's just a good all-around ball player."
While he's a first year starter on the varsity baseball team this year, it's easy to see why coaches say he's mature beyond his years.
"The first goal is region. Then, we want to win the region. Then, we want to take care of the district in the playoffs. Then, lower state," said Monroe. "It's a step by step process until that final out in May. And that's where we all want to be."
But With a four and four record and just over a month before the playoffs start, the warriors are still a work in progress.
"Our problem is we have to put it together for seven innings. We got to go out there and take it together as a team," said Monroe. "Pitching, hitting, fielding the whole game and I don't think we've put together a performance to show how good we actually are."
Yet the warriors have still strung together a four-game winning streak, capped by 25-3 blowout of Mullins before falling to Loris earlier this week.
"It's a tough region we're in," said Gregory. "You could finish one or four in this thing and still have a legitimate shot. We're in the heart of our schedule now with Dillon and Loris and Aynor and we'll take our chances and see what happens."
And while Monroe and his teammates understand the challenge of bringing a state title to Pawley's island, he is confident he can still touch the community in other ways.
After high school I plan on attended Wofford College and majoring in business economics and pre-law," said Monroe. "Hopefully one day I get to come back and help this community."
"I always tell them have something to fall back on. An education is going to speak louder than any sports awards you win," said Gregory "but whatever he does, Jack will be successful."