Rising up, Nate Lemmons by no means needed to go too far for a recreation.
His household is full of athletes.
“We have been tremendous aggressive as children,” Lemmons stated. “We’d play stickball within the yard, and it both ended due to darkness or as a result of somebody was in a combat. But it surely was at all times plenty of enjoyable.”
These childhood video games have been the muse for a baseball profession that can take Lemmons from Morgan Township to Dubuque. And he’s not alone in his athletic endeavors for the Cherokees.
Lemmons, who additionally performs basketball and averaged 7.0 factors, 3.4 rebounds and a pair of.4 assists final season, is the center of 5 kids. His youthful sister Maria is a Morgan Township junior who performs basketball too.
Their cousins Madi and Josie, who’re freshmen, and Greyson and Klaire, who’re seniors, are multisport athletes at Morgan Township as properly.
Decide any sport, and the Lemmons children most likely performed it collectively after they have been youthful.
“The rivalries have been fairly good,” Nate Lemmons stated. “Daily after college, we at all times had some enjoyable for certain.”
However as they’ve grown, he stated their relationships have developed from combative to supportive.
“We’ll nonetheless speak concerning the previous,” he stated. “Usually after we brag, it’s extra about what we did within the yard than the rest. But when one of many relations has a recreation or a meet, we’re at all times there in assist.”
These childhood rivalries appear to have benefited him, Morgan Township baseball coach John Smith stated.
“That drive to get higher and compete most likely began at a younger age with all the siblings and cousins enjoying collectively,” Smith stated. “It’s not only one sport. All of them appear to be enjoying two or three on the college.”
Lemmons has given his household loads of causes to cheer this season. By Thursday, he had a .410 batting common, which ranked second on the group, with 17 runs scored, 9 RBIs, three doubles and a triple.
Lemmons stated he’s feeling a way of urgency this season, on condition that it marks the tip of his Morgan Township profession.
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“It’s undoubtedly modified my power and the way badly I need to win each recreation,” he stated.
There’s been a wholesome dose of successful to this point. Morgan Township (9-5, 4-2) was in third place within the Porter County Convention after a 9-0 win in opposition to rival Washington Township on Wednesday.
However these regular-season wins gained’t maintain Lemmons for lengthy. He pointed to a deep postseason run because the group’s final objective and stated he desires to be a key a part of that.
“Simply getting higher on daily basis, each likelihood I get,” he stated. “That’s about it.”
As soon as his Morgan Township profession ends, there shall be one other athlete from the Lemmons household on the best way. After which one other. After which one other one after that.
“There’s nonetheless fairly a couple of,” Lemmons stated with fun.
Dave Melton is a contract reporter for the Put up-Tribune.