Spring Lake's Lozano signs letter of intent with Wright State
Jul 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM
When Jorge Lozano moved to Spring Lake from the Dominican Republic in January of 2013, his dream was to one day play baseball for a Division 1 college.
Earlier this month, Lozano took a huge step toward realizing that dream as he signed his national letter of intent to pitch for Wright State University.
“That was my goal since Day 1,” said Lozano, a senior at Spring Lake High School. “I wanted to play Division 1 baseball. It’s a great accomplishment for me and my family.”
It hasn’t been easy. When he first moved to West Michigan, just speaking the language was difficult. But he persevered through hard work, and is now a 4.0 student.
Lozano was outstanding on the diamond for the Lakers this past spring, but in order to be seen by more college scouts, he played for the Grand Rapids Diamonds over the summer.
“We played all summer, playing games constantly against good competition,” Lozano said. “I pitched very well. I didn’t play much in the field. I tried to save my energy so I could pitch the big games, in front of the scouts.
“Finally we went to a showcase tournament, and Wright State saw me there. Wright State had been contacting me since last year, and finally we went to visit, and I liked the place. It’s the place I wanted to go. The campus was awesome, and the team is great as well.”
Lozano gives credit to his parents, Doug and Olga, for helping him reach his dream.
“My dad has been working so hard, trying to get me places,” Lozano said. “He has a really hard job, and his schedule’s not really consistent, but he really helped me, taking me to a lot of places, so it’s a great reward for him, too, getting me to play Divison 1 baseball.”
Now that he’s made his decision, Lozan is focused on getting better.
“Right now I’m trying to improve my mechanics, obviously, and I’m working on getting stronger,” he said. “When I first came, I was 145 pounds. Now I’m 175. I’ve been working out, throwing every other day, making sure I get my lifting done three times a week.”