Nick Groves has been with GLC since 14u, and at the conclusion of his sixth year with the program, he'll head to Niagara University.
The left-handed-hitting infielder from London, Ont. committed to play for the Purple Eagles in early August, signing his national letter of intent in November.
Groves' most memorable moments with GLC include championships in 14u, 15u, and 17u, and a tournament victory in Indianapolis. He noted that GLC has impacted his baseball career and personal life in many ways. Stating, "I built friendships with players and coaches that will last a lifetime. They felt like a second family to me, and taught me the right way to carry myself, and guided me to the right path."
"Walking into Centrefield Sports and going to Dorchester as a kid and seeing all the older guys motivated me to one day be like them, and I hope to be that person for the next generation. Without the people at GLC, I wouldn't be where I'm at today."
Groves was drawn to Niagara for various reasons, such as the quality of their academics and baseball program as well as their geographical location. Noting, "Niagara was a great fit for me academically and athletically. I'm very familiar with the area since I used to play travel ball in Upstate New York. Also, I like that it's a smaller school and I'm really glad that I'm close to home without sacrificing the quality of competition. I'm only about two and a half hours from London, so I'm happy my family will be able to come to most of the games."
"Being that Niagara was the first school to reach out to me during my recruiting process, shows that they saw what I could bring to their program. Not to mention, I'll have the chance to play both infield and outfield at Niagara. I think doing that will further my chances of being a better ballplayer."
Groves looks forward to arriving on campus come the fall and getting acclimated with life as a collegiate student-athlete.
He stated, "I really look forward to meeting some of the guys and getting into a routine. I'm also really looking forward to playing at the Division 1 level and competing against the best teams in the country."
With the bulk of the off-season still to come, Groves looks to get stronger and more athletic, mentioning that he wants to gain 5-10 pounds, getting "stronger, more powerful, and faster." Meanwhile, flexibility and mobility are big areas of focus for Groves this offseason as well.
"I want to prepare myself as much as I can before I step on campus. I want to be an impact player my freshman year and hopefully get myself into a starting job."
"Groves works as hard as anyone we've had in our program," stated Infielder Coordinator and 16U Manager Jeff Helps. "He has turned himself into a threat at the plate every time he steps in the box. He has game-changing speed and can play multiple positions on defence."
Groves' advice for up-in-coming GLC players:
"If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to have confidence in yourself and to stay even-keeled. You can't get too high or too low in this game. It'll eat you up otherwise. Baseball is a game of failure. You fail 7 out of 10 times and you're in the Hall of Fame. You are going to go through rough patches but all that sacrifice and hard work you put in will pay off down the road," said Nick Groves, 2022 GLC Grad.