GLASGOW — On Sunday, Glasgow High School senior Nik Sorrell announced that he will be continuing his athletic career at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama where he has signed to play baseball for the Lions.
Despite not being able to play his senior season on the diamond due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sorrell has been able to showcase his talents for the Scotties in his prep career after starting at center field for the past three seasons.
Sorrell is dedicating his signing to his cousin Spenser Bradley who passed away after a battle with cancer a few years ago.
“It means something special,” Sorrell said of his commitment. “I lost a cousin to cancer when I was just 17 and it was the first death in the family that I have ever experienced. From that moment on, everything I did was for him and my family. I’d like to dedicate this moment to him and the life he lived.”
In the 2019 season, Sorrell had a batting average of .371 to go along with 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 33 games played.
“I have to give credit to Coach (Sam) Royse for reaching out to them,” Sorrell said. “I got to work out for them in the fall, and I was really impressed by how beautiful their campus was. I got along really well with coach Randy Putman and I saw myself as a good fit there. I talked it over with my family, and it felt like the right decision.”
Sorrell was also a standout basketball player during his time at GHS. In the 2019-20 season, he earned all-region first team honors after averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Overall, he scored 1,640 points in his high school career and also won two 15th district championships as a member of the Scotties.
“I’m extremely happy for Nik,” baseball coach Royse said. “He is a heck of a baseball talent and a heck of an all-around athlete. He can run, he can throw, he can hit for power and he is one of the best defensive outfielders I’ve ever seen in the high school game.”
“Wallace State is a big-time junior college program,” Royse continued. “There is always a misconception with junior college baseball, which is that the level of play is not impressive and nothing could be further from the truth. It’s an awesome launching pad for athletes coming out of high school.”
Sorrell was one of six seniors on what should have been the 2020 Scottie baseball team.
Tanner Abernathy, Justin Coop, Jaden Franklin, Lucas Goodson and Weston Widen rounded out the senior class (senior Tucker Kirkpatrick is also listed on the 2020 roster, but was not going to play this season due to injuries he suffered in basketball, according to Royse).
“They all left their own personal stamps on the program, but it’s really hard to say we are going to be able to replace him with all the things he could do on the field,” Royse said of Sorrell. “However, he still has much to learn and there is room for improvement. There is always more to learn as an athlete, and luckily he absolutely has the tools to do that.”
After being a dominant athlete for the Scotties in both basketball and baseball, Sorrell is unfortunately not getting the ending he and the other seniors deserve at Glasgow. However, he is still thankful for the time he spend at the school.
“It was the greatest times of my life,” Sorrell said. “Just the brotherhoods I’ve made have meant everything. Like tradition says, I will always be a Scottie.”