SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – College signings, though exciting, always have an air of nervous anticipation. A high school senior committing to a four-year program to best themselves in a sport they’ve grown up in can be nerve racking, no matter how much love they may have for the game.
To add a commitment to the military on top of that can be even more nerve racking, but Jefferson High shortstop Cory Daly is taking it in stride.
A top player on Lowery’s roster, Daly’s work ethic through his high school career has prepared him for a step like this. Coming from a military family, Daly knew at the end of the signing process that this was a the right choice for him and his family – albeit hesitant at first.
“Originally I did not want to go, but the more I talked to my parents and my family [as a whole] the more it made sense that it was the best thing for us. It fit with us,” Daly said.
A three-year varsity starter, Daly had the privilege to play for one of the nation’s, let alone the state of West Virginia’s, best coaches.
“I give Lowery a lot of credit – he’s taught me a lot of what I needed to know to get to where I am today –on and off the field. Specifically, more of the ‘growing up’ aspect. In life, baseball isn’t everything but when it is baseball how to play it right.”
As one of the best players on the 2019 Cougars roster, Daly wouldn’t have made it to that point without a deep, strong work ethic that propelled him through these pivotal years.
One of the team’s top hitters – resting at a .338 average and a 1.005 OPS on the year – a normal practice in the cage for Daly is a rotation of drills, usually lasting an hour and a half. That work has paid off in the form of 16 RBI on 23 hits going forward into the postseason.
That isn’t where his talent ends – he isn’t just a leader at the plate but on defense as well. Through one postseason game, Daly holds a .811 fielding percentage. In 53 total chances, he’s had 21 put outs, 22 assists and just 10 errors.
“I’ve put in countless hours – it used to be every single day after school hitting and doing field work. I can’t thank everyone that’s helped me, but there’s been so many people along the way,” he said.