The newest student-athlete to hitch Surry Group School’s baseball program measures as much as the varsity’s Knight mascot fairly properly.
Mount Ethereal senior Evan Dorsett has not solely honed his craft since childhood, however he’s additionally been a fearless chief on the battlefield (or slightly the baseball discipline) and is the son of royalty.
His father, Jason, is taken into account royalty as each the present principal of Mount Ethereal Excessive College and as a former school baseball participant with the Methodist Monarchs. Evan inherited his father’s love for the sport and can observe in Jason’s footsteps as a university athlete when he joins the Surry Group School Knights subsequent season.
“Beginning off at tee ball, I knew I needed to play baseball so long as I might,” Evan mentioned. “This is step one to that.”
Along with calling him dad, Evan mentioned Jason was additionally his coach, greatest fan and weight room motivator.
“He actually put the love of the sport in me,” Evan mentioned.
Evan spent his childhood working his approach up the baseball ladder. He participated in Cal Ripken Baseball for years. He performed with different native standouts reminiscent of East Surry seniors Seth Keener and Jefferson Boaz on the Dirtbags. When he bought to highschool, Evan joined the Carolina Rockies Showcase crew based mostly out of Clemmons.
“He’s an incredible child with a powerful work ethic and the management abilities that makes everyone else round him higher,” mentioned Mount Ethereal head coach Weston Payne. “He has a vivid future.”
Evan’s purpose was all the time to play on the subsequent degree, however mentioned that dream started to look extra like a actuality through the fall of his sophomore yr. He developed as each a pitcher and hitter and had, “an incredible season of journey ball.”
After a yr of JV, Evan moved as much as varsity for his sophomore season in 2018. Dorsett nonetheless managed to make an affect as a sophomore with numerous upperclassmen pitchers on the crew.
Mount Ethereal completed the 2018 season 11-10. This included simply the varsity’s third playoff win of the last decade, an 8-6 upset of South Stanly. The Bears have been eradicated by the eventual state champions, Murphy.
Evan hit a bump within the highway between his sophomore and junior seasons. Someplace alongside the best way he developed an elbow damage.
“That damage lingered for nearly a whole yr,” he mentioned.
He had his work reduce out for him because the Bears endured a tricky gauntlet of competitors in 2019. Of 94 groups within the 1A division, Mount Ethereal had the hardest energy of schedule in keeping with MaxPreps. This included non-conference video games in opposition to 3A North Forsyth, 2A Wilkes Central and a slew of Western Piedmont 2A Convention groups like North Surry, Surry Central and West Stokes.
Along with the tough nonconference schedule, the Granite Bears needed to deal with two convention groups ranked within the prime 10 within the 1A division (No. 2 East Surry and No. 9 South Stokes) and one other inside the highest 20 (No. 18 North Stokes). The younger Bears confirmed resilience and reached the playoffs because the No. 19 seed within the west.
“He was very important to our program success these previous two years,” Payne mentioned. “He introduced a powerful presence within the outfield, was a key cog in the course of our order, and likewise introduced a powerful management presence inside a younger crew.”
Evan and the Bears went on the highway and upset No. 14 Mountain Island Constitution within the first spherical. Then, Mount Ethereal shocked the world by upsetting a match favourite, No. Three Cherryville, on the highway. Cherryville received 19 video games that yr and held an ideal 15-Zero convention report.
The Bears miraculous run to the Candy 16 ended by the hands of Queen’s Grant, a 1A constitution college.
Evan ended up having his elbow surgically repaired. It was an extended highway to restoration, one which he was instructed he may by no means be the identical after. However he rigorously rehabbed it and was capable of return to 100 %. A lot in order that he feels snug shifting ahead pitching and hitting.
Overcoming his damage made the arrival of the 2020 season, his senior season, that a lot sweeter. The Bears thought that they had one thing particular going into this season and that was confirmed after the primary week.
“We anticipated a powerful season for him this spring,” Payne mentioned. “He had labored extraordinarily onerous through the fall/winter to place himself in place to construct upon final season, and assist carry this crew to excessive expectations for us.”
The season started on March 2 with an 11-Zero mercy rule win over Elkin. Dorsett was walked twice and singled as soon as in three plate appearances. On the mound, he and Jackson Ferris mixed for a shutout. The Bears and Elks met once more 4 days later and Mount Ethereal received 12-5.
The subsequent evening, Mount Ethereal took on its hardest problem so far at West Wilkes Excessive College. West Wilkes’ Sixth Annual Blackhawk Baseball Early Season Check (BEST for brief).
The Blackhawks had by no means misplaced within the BEST match coming into 2020. In what Evan referred to as a program-defining win, the Bears defeated the 2A baseball powerhouse 5-4. Evan didn’t pitch that sport, however he did have two hits. This contains an RBI double within the third inning
“It was the start of the season but it surely felt like a playoff sport,” Evan mentioned. “Mount Ethereal hasn’t normally been a baseball college, however we needed to make it that. To exit and beat West Wilkes at dwelling was enormous. That win and the Cherryville win have been the 2 greatest highlights of my profession.”
Mount Ethereal went on to defeat Surry Central the subsequent week, 6-4. Dorsett pitched 3.2 innings and had seven strikeouts. The Bears dropped their first sport of the yr to North Surry later that week.
That will sadly be his last highschool sport. Hundreds of thousands of highschool student-athletes nationwide, Evan included, have been left wanting extra after COVID-19 put an finish to the spring sports activities season.
“I completely love not being at college — it’s like an extended summer season. Nevertheless it kills me not being there enjoying baseball. We returned so many starters and the youthful guys have been all a yr higher. We have been undoubtedly considering we might win convention and have so much higher displaying within the playoffs,” he mentioned.
He should have extra probabilities to play along with his lifelong teammates in a showcase sport through the summer season. After signing a Nationwide Letter of Intent, Evan mentioned gamers normally don’t compete in showcase ball. Nevertheless, Evan mentioned that, because of COVID-19 cancelling a lot of the spring highschool season, coaches of the Rockies in addition to different showcase groups across the state are hoping to arrange a number of tournaments over the summer season for seniors.
Evan doesn’t have a set plan for his life after Surry Group School. He talked about learning Meteorology at Virginia Tech, the place he was accepted however selected to attend Surry. He’s open to enjoying baseball after SCC, however desires to attend and see how every thing progresses over the subsequent two years.
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