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Little All-City baseball player of the year: Blake Estep a workhorse for Jones

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Staff Writer bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: June 4, 2011

— There are workhorses, and then there is someone like Jones pitcher Blake Estep.

The workhorse term doesn't even do Estep justice. The junior simply did anything the Longhorns needed and anything coach Mike Lowe asked him.

Lowe knew he could always relax when Estep was on the mound. Estep finished the season with an 11-0 record with a 1.91 ERA in helping Jones reach the Class 3A state semifinals.

It wasn't just the perfect record — it was the innings pitched. Estep threw more than 80 innings with 109 strikeouts, but he said he was never once worried about burning out his arm.

The biggest reason? His father has been there before.

“My dad was a pitcher in college, and he's played a big role in everything,” Estep said. “I've learned almost everything I know about the game from him.”

Estep's father, Mike, was a pitcher at Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Christian and has conditioned his son to make sure Blake remains in top shape.

Blake Estep doesn't have much of a choice, either. Because if he wasn't doing the job on the mound, he was just as effective at the plate. His all-around game makes him The Oklahoman's Little All-City Baseball Player of the Year.

“He works at it real hard and deserves everything he's going to be getting,” Lowe said. “His ability to change speeds was one thing that helped him so much this year. His fastball was usually around 88-89 mph. Then when he'd throw that changeup in the 60s, there wasn't much batters could do.”

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