June 20, 2013

Henderson stock rises in first high school experience

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Most of the time, underclassmen  carry equipment on and off the field and spend their time waiting for a chance to move up, past the rank of pack mule.

Summer league baseball is a great equalizer, and as a result, Brock Henderson, who will be a freshman at Chickasha High School this fall, looks like just another one of the boys.

"It's definitely harder than what I've been doing," said Henderson, who began his baseball journey at the age of five.

As a pitcher, he'll almost always standout while doing his part elevated in the center of the infield, like a general planning his next move on a battlefield. But Henderson's time playing with the Fightin' Chicks this summer has produced an expectation of the moment he will come of age as a rising star in the baseball ranks.

When stepping on the mound for the first time under head coach Brad Gore in Blanchard in late May, he had already garnered a few years of competitive baseball experience.

At 10-years-old, he joined the Oklahoma Cardinals traveling team that qualified out of the state tournament for World Series Play, which takes place next month.

"We'll be doing to Georgia in July to try and become the best team in the nation," Henderson said.

It's also not the first time the Cardinals have come face-to-face with tournaments of such magnitude; they placed second in the USSSA Global World Series in 2012.

Tournament success aside, Henderson will be the first to admit he has a few more things to learn before progressing as a Fightin' Chicks pitcher.

"The kids my age, they pitch really good, but in high school it's more mature," Henderson said. "They know the type of pitch and where it is going to go. They bat better. So, it's something I've had to get used to."

For the full story, see page 13 of Friday's Express-Star.