Jason came to us after being cut by another local club which still baffles me to this day. After a quick individual tryout we took him after seeing about 5 pitches. His quick arm jumped out to us right away and I knew he had potential to play in college almost instantly. As time went on, I started to realize he could be a potential division 1 arm due to his love, drive and passion for the game and his craft. He listened intently to everything we taught him and he took it and ran with it. From there, he was another one of those kids that deserves all the credit because he just simply put in the time and the effort into improving himself every day. He was typically the first player to arrive and the last one to leave. He showed flashes of dominance throughout his 3 years with us and his hard work and dedication paid off with a scholarship to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, joining another fellow alum Grant Emme. A Hortonville native, Jennerjohn looks to make a big contribution right way on the mound for the Panthers who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference. With his work ethic, I wouldn't doubt him seeing earn significant innings early in his career. I'm excited to watch his progression over the next 3-4 years. To learn more about Jason, see our Q&A's with him below...
*What is your favorite baseball memory from your club/travel baseball experience?
"Traveling to new places that I have not been to before and hanging out in the hotel after games with the guys."
*What’s your favorite thing or aspect about college life?
"The freedom I have compared to high school where I can make my own decisions. Also, the relationships with all of the teammates where it feels like a family because you are around them for a few hours every day."
*What’s your least favorite thing or aspect about college life?
Diverse schedules every day. One day you may have to wake up at 5 a.m. for lifts and have to stay up late working on homework or one day you may be able to sleep in and go to bed at a decent time.
*What’s one thing you wish you would have known going into college?
"To not let things affect me when facing adversity. To let them go and that the next day is a new beginning. I struggled with that my freshman year but have overcome that more this year."
*Who’s been your biggest influence on your life to this point?
"Definitely my parents. Especially my dad, he coached me from when I was little till I was 15 and has always pushed me to be my best."
*What advice would you give to younger baseball players who want to play at the collegiate level?
"Work hard for what you want and do it now otherwise you will never do it. Trust the process and trust what you are doing, it does not come overnight. "
*What are you majoring in?
"Exercise Science with Pre-Med."
*How did playing club/travel baseball prepare you for college baseball?
"It taught me hard work and determination. It also taught me how to compete against players who might be better than I am. It gave me the opportunity to play against a higher level of competition than high school ever could."
*What is something people may not know about you?
"I had a mullet in the fall and even got it permed but recently cut it off a few weeks ago."
*Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
"Still playing baseball. Otherwise, if that never works out then an anesthesiologist or radiologist."