PREP BASEBALL

Hobart's Drey Devereaux has energy, records

2014-06-06T18:30:00Z 2014-06-06T23:20:11Z Hobart's Drey Devereaux has energy, recordsHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Drey Devereaux is easy to spot at the end of a Hobart baseball game.

He's the kid whose mother everyone in the stands tends to pity.

"He's always doing what he can to help us win, he's dirty all the time and diving all over the place. He's doing what he can to set a good example for the rest of his team," Hobart coach Bob Glover Jr. said. "Energy is a good word for it, that's really the kind of leader he is. For him keeping things loose, having fun, the competitive nature is something everyone feeds off of."

Devereaux doesn't take an inning off, he doesn't take an at-bat off, he doesn't even take a pitch off. Devereaux is always on, always trying to make the play, and that's what has made him successful the last two seasons, Glover said.

Devereaux set the school batting average record last year -- at .453 -- and is sitting on a .460 average heading into today's LaPorte Regional semifinal against Penn. He also has the school mark for hits (set this year at 46) and if just this season counted, he passed the career stolen base record with 37.

"Last year, I was hitting the ball good, so I did the same things in the offseason and carried it back over into this season," Devereaux said. "If it's not broke, don't fix it. I just kept doing what I was doing."

The senior outfielder who committed to St. Xavier for football won't even take a season off. He's talked to Cougars into letting him remain a two-sport athlete.

"Since I was a kid, I thought it would be cool to play two sports in college and my dad told me that eventually I'd have to give up one of them. I thought I'd give it a try," Devereaux said. "When the St. Xavier football coach was over he was talking to me and when he offered me a scholarship and I asked if it was possible to play two sports."

"This year I think that the commitment to be a dual-sport guy in college really put him in a position where he could relax," Glover said. "His speed has ticked up a little bit every year here and he's just running really well now and that's helped him leg out some hits, some of those bunt hits, and obviously the stolen bases are a byproduct of that."

The Brickies use Devereaux in the No. 2 hole, and his tenacity has helped him get 25 RBIs this season and eight doubles. He has a .495 on-base percentage that is second on his team.

"I just look for my pitch and I like to sit on it," Devereaux said. "If (the pitcher) throws me a perfect pitch on the first pitch, I like to jump on it. I don't like to get down in the count."

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