Ed. Note: The summer series continues this week as we look at another returning athlete at Northwestern High School. Next week will be our last feature before fall sports begins.

As Gage Vorhees heads into his senior year at Northwestern, he has his eyes on his future in baseball. He wants to play at the next level after high school, but for now, Vorhees is focused squarely on one thing, finishing his career with his best season yet.

From what he has accomplished so far with the Warriors, his opponents should worry about what a “best season” can consist of, as he goes into the season considered one of the top pitchers in the area.

Vorhees who also plays football at Northwestern, has been working hard this summer to make the 2017-18 season his best yet. While he looks forward to Friday night’s with his teammates this fall, he is always looking ahead at baseball season in the spring.

“Some things that I have done to work on my game include playing summer baseball for the Midwest Prospects/RPM,” Vorhees said. “Even though I’m in another sport, I’ll do off-season workouts for my arm through the fall and winter.”

“My favorite sport is baseball. Some of my favorite highlights are lettering as a sophomore, and my junior year, beating undefeated Kenton Ridge this past year, and making it to district finals my sophomore year.”

While he put together a solid junior year, he knows his senior season could mean a lot more opportunities if he continues to improve.

“I’m working on increasing my velocity off the mound,” he said. “As a pitcher, I believe if I can gain a couple more miles per hour, I’ll be a little bit harder to hit. I’m also working on hitting. I’ve had a little slump the past year hitting-wise so I’m trying to come out of the slump.”

“My goal as an individual is to keep the energy up on game day and play to the best of my ability each and every game. My goal as a team is to win our side of the CBC and make it far in the tournament.”

He looked back at his beginning of his career, and has been involved in sports ever since he was in elementary school.

“I got started playing baseball when my dad signed me up for T-ball at NAAA,” he said. “I got started playing football in fifth grade when all of my friends told me I need to play football instead of soccer.”

“What influenced me into playing sports were my cousins. They were older than me, so in a way, I looked up to them.”

As he was named first team all CBC and second team all-county as a sophomore, he duplicated the league honors last year year.

“I’m hoping I can make it to college to play baseball. I definitely want to if I have the opportunity. And I’d like to go as far as I can but as long as I can make it through four years of college playing baseball, I’m content.”

Vorhees also is a member of the national honor society, and plans to major in medicine.

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