Evan Lowery has joined a growing list of players from the Bay Rivers District who will play baseball at the Division I level in college. Lowery, a rising senior at Jamestown High, announced Wednesday that he will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Lowery, the Daily Press baseball Player of the Year, had offers from Dartmouth, Air Force, William and Mary and Richmond but says Navy was an easy choice. He was attracted by the academy’s strong engineering program and the opportunity to play collegiate baseball with his brother, Liam Lowery, who will be a freshman with the Midshipmen this coming season.
“Navy actually offered me after my sophomore season, when they came to watch Liam play,” said Lowery, who was recruited as an outfielder and first baseman by Navy. “I love the idea of playing with Liam in college and he’s excited about that, too.
“The combination of academics and baseball there is unbeatable.”
Mike Kuebler, Lowery’s baseball coach at Jamestown, agrees.
“Playing baseball while pursuing an engineering degree is a much more comfortable fit at a place like Navy than many other schools,” Kuebler said. “I think he’ll be an incredible baseball player there, based on the progress he made this past season, and can play beyond the collegiate level.”
Lowery led Jamestown to a 16-4 record, and only the second Bay Rivers baseball title in school history, with a catalog of impressive statistics. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior batted .500 with 31 hits, 23 runs, 23 RBI and a school-record nine home runs.
He accomplished that in a Bay Rivers District with nine others committed to play in Division I, but none who matched the variety of big numbers he put up.
“The competition in the Bay Rivers District is very good,” Lowery said. “Six of the pitchers are going to Division I, so you get a lot of exposure to good competition.”
Interestingly, Lowery’s father, James, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army, attended West Point. Lafayette High’s Trey Neville, a former classmate of Lowery’s at Jamestown, committed last week to play football at West Point although his father, Tommy, graduated from Annapolis.
“It’s just good to know where I’m going in July before my senior year rather than waiting until April,” said Lowery, who carries a 4.17 grade-point average. “It’s relaxing, kind of like a weight has been lifted.
“I love every bit of being in the military and can’t wait. It’s what I want.”
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Bay Rivers District baseball players going Division I
Patrick Daly (Warhill, 2015), Mount St. Mary's
Eric Harp (York, 2015), Longwood
Sean Hughes (Jamestown, 2015), Boston College
Matt Keane (Lafayette, 2015), William and Mary
Evan Sperling (Grafton, 2015), Virginia
Evan Lowery (Jamestown, 2015), Navy
Steven Carpenter (New Kent, 2016), VCU
Kent Klyman (Jamestown, 2016), N.C. State
Andre Lipcius (Lafayette, 2016), Tennessee
Jake Ryan (Smithfield, 2016), George Mason