Anthony Houk of Rockcastle County announced his commitment to the University of Pikeville Bears baseball team. Houk is a pitcher/3rd baseman from the class of 2018 that plays for the Rockcastle County Rockets and the Elite Baseball Club. To this point Anthony has had an impressive resume that includes the following: 2017 16U PG Evoshield Classic All-Tournament Team Member, 2017 WWBA 2018 Grads All-Tournament Team Member, he has recorded a perfect game as a pitcher in 2017, and is a 4 year starter for the Rockcastle Rockets. During the 2017 baseball season Anthony batted .310, complied 22 RBI’s, 2 Stolen Bases, had 2 Home Runs, and won 8 games as a pitcher.

Anthony ultimately chose UPIKE because it gave him the chance to grow as a person, athlete, and student. Anthony connected well with Coach Utley and was very appreciative of the opportunity he gave him to become a UPIKE Bear. Houk loved that UPIKE was a smaller school and was somewhere he could really focus on his education and build strong relationships with his teammates, coaches, professors, and friends. Although Anthony is thrilled about hitting the playing field for the Bears he also realizes the importance of being a “student athlete”. Anthony takes pride in his academics and plans to take advantage of the opportunity he has been given to receive a quality education. His future goal is to graduate from UPIKE with a biology degree, and attend Physical Therapy school to achieve his ultimate dream of being a Physical Therapist.

As a player Anthony has a goal of becoming the best player on the field that he can be, and be a player who helps the team in whatever situation they need him in. Playing college baseball has always been a dream of Anthony’s and now he can finally say that he has achieved that dream. Anthony has worked hard for the opportunity and has dedicated himself to the game over the last 7 years. He believes others may have more talent than him, but they will not outwork him on the playing field or in the classroom. Anthony would like to thank his parents for always believing in him and steering him down the right path for his whole life. If it wasn’t for them he believes he probably would’ve given up a long time ago and would never had this opportunity. His parents sacrificed so he could have a great life and be successful. He also would like to thank his brothers Jacob and Justin for being great role models growing up. Lastly he also wanted to thank Coach Pitt and Coach Utley for giving him the chance to make his dream of playing college baseball come true.

Anthony is looking forward to the next step in his career, but has many memories he will always cherish. His fondest memories are the bonds and friendships he has made over the years of playing baseball. Making great friends like Hunter Rigsby and Brent Lovell are the kind of things he will miss the most. The memories I’ve made with them both on the field and off will be ones I will cherish forever. He couldn’t asked for two better friends to go through high school with and have so many experiences with. His favorite memory was during his junior year when the Rockets won districts for the first time in 10 years. His team helped build the baseball program back to what it once was and we accomplished our main goal, which was to win districts. When speaking with Anthony it is obvious that he will have a successful collegiate baseball career. UPIKE is getting a kid who is determined, works hard, dedicates himself to the game, is a great teammate, and is a winner!

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