That was what Drake McLochlin’s senior year of sports was supposed to be like at Logansport.
But instead his senior season in his best sport, baseball, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It sucks because I think we would have been pretty good this year,” McLochlin said.
McLochlin was the Berries’ starting left fielder on last year’s sectional championship baseball team.
“I felt like we would have still had that momentum going into the season,” he said.
McLochlin had an RBI single in the sixth inning to bring the Berries to within 8-7 en route to an 11-8 win in 11 innings over Lafayette Jeff in a sectional semifinal game.
He drew a bases loaded walk during the nine-run sixth against McCutcheon in the Berries’ 9-8 win in the sectional championship game.
He had a two-run single in the 12-4 regional loss to Fort Wayne Carroll.
McLochlin hit .283 with a .389 on-base percentage for the season. He had five doubles, 17 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 32 games played.
He also had some good games on the mound. He pitched a five-hitter — none of which left the infield — in a 7-2 win over West Lafayette. He and Jacob Cox combined for a three-hitter in a 5-2 win over Wabash when McLochlin pitched two perfect innings in relief.
He was in line to be the Berries’ No. 2 pitcher this year behind junior Mike Meadows.
“I felt like I’ve gotten better since last year,” McLochlin said of his pitching. He added he mainly throws a fastball and curveball.
When not pitching, McLochlin could have played a number of roles for new coach Dan Frye.
“Coach Frye had me all over the place, second to short to third,” he said. “He would have had me all over so I don’t know which one I’d mostly would be at.”
McLochlin added his summers usually consist of a lot of baseball as well.
“I did Post 6 one year and Lookouts, which I don’t know if we’re going to do the Lookouts again this year,” he said. “Hopefully it is because it’ll be fun playing with my old Cass friends.”
McLochlin went to school at Lewis Cass through junior high before he transferred to Logansport for high school. He said his group at Lewis Cass “won state a bunch of years in a row” as youth baseball players.
McLochlin was the best baseball player in his senior class at Logansport. He was one of best football players along with Josh Manfred. He played basketball this year after taking a few years off and was a crowd favorite.
“My friends at Logan always wanted me to play basketball. I stopped playing eighth grade year, so I decided since it was my senior year, I’d try it out. It was fun,” he said.
McLochlin was a three-year starter and All-NCC selection his senior year for the Logan football team.
“I liked playing for coach Johnson and all the other coaches,” he said. “Our schedule was tough with all the big NCC teams. A few schools looked at me for football, Manchester, Trine and Anderson. But I’m leaning towards playing baseball at Franklin.
“I’m definitely going to Franklin for college. I went on a visit there to talk with the coach and he said he was going to come to my games but [the season] didn’t happen.”
McLochlin plans to major in exercise science at Franklin.