Avon Lake outfielder Jack Lion had a solid junior year with the Shoremen. Playing in a lineup with Logan Hamilton and Lorain County Mr. Baseball Dominic Poltrone, he helped provide speed to the lineup with a little bit of pop.
He hit a blast at Elyria in a big victory in mid-April and also stole over a half-dozen bases.
Now, he’ll also get to continue playing baseball beyond his senior campaign, as he announced his commitment to Ohio Dominican University Oct. 5 via Twitter.
I am excited and blessed to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Ohio Dominican University. I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today! #RollPants @ODUBaseball_ @T3_Warhawks @shoremenbats pic.twitter.com/esLJ75vzNc
— Jack Lion (@jlion_16) October 5, 2022
“I am excited and blessed to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Ohio Dominican University,” Lion said in a short statement. “I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today!”
Talking to Avon Lake head coach Andrew Means, it’s not a surprise Lion is getting this opportunity.
“Jack is the type of player who is a coach’s dream,” Means said. “We know what to expect at every practice and every game with Jack. We know what we’re going to get from him. He is a kid that’s going to play the game the right way; play with respect, play with heart, and just go out there and give it his all every chance he has on the baseball field.”
Lion has already taken over as a leader, replacing the voids left by Poltrone and Hamilton as Avon Lake reloads.
“Jack is going to be one of those main guys that we’re really looking forward to being in that leadership role,” Means said. “I’ll say this; Jack came up to me a couple of months ago and asked me ‘Hey, coach. Can we start having senior leadership meetings in the fall and the winter?’ We’ve already had one with all of the seniors and we’re having another one next week because of Jack’s leadership and wanting to sit down and have an open forum between the senior players and the coaching staff.
“That’s who Jack is. He really, truly does care and he loves being a Shoreman. I know he wants to make his final season as a Shoreman a special one.”
This is the package that Ohio Dominican is getting in Lion. A package of a selfless team player and willing to do whatever it is to bring a team together and his commitment to him.
“They’re getting the total package and it starts with their parents,” he said. “His parents have done an amazing job with raising Jack. I tell them that every time I have an opportunity to tell them, whether it’s over text, over the phone, in person. They’ve just done such a great job and Jack has just grown from that. Every time I see him, it’s like he’s growing up so fast. He’s an old soul at heart and he is wise beyond his years of him.
“We’re just happy to have Jack in our program for one more season.”