Cal Gentry, a junior marketing major, is one of the most prolific hitters on the GC baseball team. Gentry is currently second in the PBC batting averages at .422 and tied for second in on-base percentage at .500.
“Cal is a special ballplayer,” said head coach Jason Eller. “He’s as pure a hitter as you can find in college baseball. It’s fun when he gets up there and digs in that box because he’s so exciting offensively.”
Gentry wasn’t always the pure hitter he is today. After graduating from Perry High School in 2016, Gentry initially signed to GC as a pitcher. His decision to move away from pitching was based on his desire to not abandon the work he put in at his hitting.
“I wasn’t quite ready to put up the bat yet, and I’ve been working really hard over the past three years to lock in being a pure hitter,” Gentry said. “It takes a lot of practice and a lot of extra hours, but it’s all worth it in the end.”
Gentry’s commitment to becoming a pure hitter began at a very young age when he would fully immerse himself in the game of baseball and begin developing good hitting fundamentals with older players on his father’s high school baseball team.
“His dad was a high school [baseball] coach, so as a kid, Cal was the bat boy, and he took batting practice with the high school players, so he’s been around it his whole life,” said Cal’s mother Susan Gentry.
Gentry made a name for himself as a consistent hitter in his freshman season. He led GC and the PBC in batting average on the season finishing with a .441 batting average. He was also atop the conference in other categories finishing third in hits and fourth in on-base percentage.
His freshman year accolades included two selections as PBC Freshman of the Week, All-PBC First Team and Division II All-Southeast Region First Team.
His sophomore season was the lowest of his collegiate career, but still impressive and productive as he posted a .300 batting average on the season.
The work Gentry puts into his approach to hitting can be reflected in his batting average, which is consistently ranked near the top of the PBC’s standings.
“He’s never been a big RBI guy or the home run hitter,” said Andy Gentry, Cal’s father. “He is really consistent. He doesn’t strike out a lot, walks a lot, very patient at the plate, and he’s a good teammate because he doesn’t mind just putting the ball in play and scoring a run.”
Teammate and third baseman Garrett Green said that Gentry is one of the most level-headed members on the team.
“Whether things are going good or things are going bad, Cal is gonna keep his head in a positive mind,” said Green, a senior business management major. “He’s a positive motivator, never gets down on himself or others, and he’s always bringing a positive vibe to practice, and everybody loves him.”
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