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Hobart's heavy hitter Tyrus Joseforsky is already breaking records

2013-05-02T18:00:00Z 2013-05-03T01:06:13Z Hobart's heavy hitter Tyrus Joseforsky is already breaking recordsHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

Tyrus Joseforsky forced himself into the Hobart lineup as a freshman, outworking everyone around him to the point that the Brickies coaching staff couldn't help but start him.

Now a junior, Joseforsky has also forced himself into the Hobart record books.

Last season, he was a couple hits away from tying the school record for batting average in a season, hitting .416 with the record at .450. He was one double away from tying the school record for doubles in a season.

This year, he's already set his name to the annals of Hobart history and he still has another season to add to it.

"Our expectations this year were nothing less than what he had established last year as a baseline performance," Hobart coach Bob Glover Jr. said. "When he played as well as he did last year, you hope he can get back to that."

Joseforsky has already hit the doubles mark, tying it at 13. But there's a rub: teammate and fellow junior Brandon Murray has already broken the school's doubles record with 14.

"We joke with each other, saying 'I'm going to get it,' 'No, I'm going to get it,'" Joseforsky said, "but it'll go to whoever deserves it in the end."

With 31 doubles in his 2 1/2-season career, Joseforsky has already surpassed the 27 in a career mark held previously by former Major Leaguer Larry Bigbie.

"When you get a chance to knock off a guy like that, you're in pretty good company," Glover said.

With those numbers, there'd be an assumption that colleges would be swarming around Joseforsky. As focused as he is on the baseball diamond, he's equally as determined to find the right school for his future in his chosen field: aviation.

He said he's already had schools tell him that he wouldn't be able to be pursue his degree to become a pilot and be a part of the baseball team.

He's set his sights on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton, Fla., which has won five conference championships in NAIA's The Sun conference. 

"Right now, that has to be it for me to focus on my school and to be able to play the sport I love," Joseforsky said.

The Brickies are happy to have his bat for another season. Hitting .422 now, he's still in sight of the single-season batting average mark, and is only adding to his grand total of career doubles.

"To show what our kids think of about him, on the same team last year as two other guys who went on to play in college, and Murray and (Nick) Bokun, he was voted the team MVP as a sophomore," Glover said. "That's how good he is."

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