2020 was an integral year for GLC outfielder Drew Lawrence (London, ON). The year began with an invite to the Canadian Junior National Team, and later, in August, he committed to Bossier Parish Community College.
Lawrence joined GLC for 16u, and prior to his 17u season, he had already cracked the Junior National Team roster, an accomplishment that opened the door for more opportunities for the right-handed hitting outfielder. Lawrence stated, “that’s when I started to kind of realize that baseball could take me to some amazing places.”
One of those “amazing places” ended up being Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana, a college Lawrence had on his radar for quite some time. It was a spot that appealed to Lawrence for many reasons, and the opportunity to attend with fellow GLC teammates Jordan Spring and Dre Amaral was the cherry on top.
“I knew BPCC was a good fit because we play in one of the best divisions in JUCO, one of the biggest reasons I chose BPCC is because they have the courses I want to study, and I get to go with two of my best friends,” said Lawrence.
“I am most excited to start at BPCC because it’s a whole new start… Getting to go to school with two of my best friends is going to help a lot, and it will definitely make me a lot more comfortable being there with them. They were a big part in making the decision on going to BPCC.”
Lawrence looks to impact the team on both sides of the ball and views his defensive game as a strength of his. “I’d say my strengths as a player are definitely my ability in the outfield, I get good jumps on the ball and run a lot of things down, this year my bat has started to come around better than it has in any previous year as well.”
COVID-19, unfortunately, cut the Junior National Team’s Spring Training trip short and led to cancellations of the rest of the scheduled events. Lawrence stated that the missed games “slowed down the process,” however, with gyms opening up in August and a shortened season with GLC completed, Lawrence states that he’s “now getting back into shape.”
He looks to improve his speed and prepare himself to make an impact at BPCC from the get-go. “My biggest goal is to bring my 60-time back down to where it was. I also expect to go into BPCC and perform for the team and hopefully go to a good Division 1 school afterwards,” he said.
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Without the guidance and support from his parents, Lawrence says that the opportunities that have come about wouldn’t have been possible, and he credits them more than anyone else for their impact on his career.
“I would say my parents have had the biggest impact on my career so far. My dad will always be the best coach I’ve had, and my mom continues to push me to do more every day, and it has helped me along the way. If my parents didn’t push me like they do, I probably would’ve quit baseball by now.”
Instead, he’ll be heading to Bossier Parish Community College for the fall of 2021.