After that last game in a loss to Hamilton Southeastern in semi-state, it looked as though Grant Jablonski was going to hang up his spikes and attend Purdue University. However, that all changed when he got the opportunity to play in the 2019 IHSBCA North/South All-Star Series in Madison, Indiana. With a great pitching performance, he impressed Valparaiso’s Coach Schmack who was in attendance because his son was a participant on the North Team. Shortly after the North/South All-Start Series, Grant accepted a scholarship offer to play baseball for Coach Schmak at Valpo.
When finally choosing Valpo where he will be studying computer science, Grant said, “The deciding factor was that I could get both a great education while playing against some of the best competition in the nation.” He was really impressed with Coach Schmack. “My first impression of Coach Schmack was that he really knows the game of baseball. When you walk in his office you can see his jersey from when he pitched in the big leagues for Detroit.”
Over the years, Grant has felt being a multi-sport athlete has helped him. He said, “Being a multi sport athlete helps in many ways. It puts you in situations of adversity as well as when you’re playing your best and you learn how to handle both which is something you can’t take away from practice. It also just allows you to be more competitive which can relay to all aspects of life. Overall you know how to react in stressful situations that can be used in all sports.”
In addition to being a multi-sport athlete, Grant has felt other aspects have helped him. He said, “You just have to prepare yourself for when an opportunity presents itself. Practice is important but it’s really the time you spend on your own when you can slow everything down and really analyze what you’re doing versus what you need to be doing and how to get yourself there. Also you need to put yourself out there, most recruiting happens in the summer so you have to play summer ball if possible.”
It’s been a great high school career for Grant, where he has earned varsity four letters in baseball, and basketball and football. Below is a list of accomplishments that Grant achieved in baseball.
- 2017 Cy Young Award – 8-0
- 2017 2nd Team All-Conference Second Base – Batted. .382
- 2018 Golden Shoes Award – 20 stolen bases
- 2019 Co-MVP with Donovan Snyder
- 2019 Cy Young Award – 8-0, .40 E.R.A., 3 earned runs in 52 innings
- 2019 Golden Shoes Award – 21 stolen bases
- 2019 2nd Team All-Conference Utility – batted. 417, 3-0 with 1 earned run
- 2019 N.I.C. Academic Team
- 2019 North All-Star – 3 IP, 8 K, 3 hits, 0 runs. 4 pinch run roles, 1 run
- 2019 All-State Honorable Mention Team
- MHS Career Stolen Base Record Holder – 62
- MHS Career Win Record Holder – 20, tied with Eric Good (1998)
- Career batting = BA .325, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 59 runs batted in, and 62 stolen bases.
- Career pitching = 20-4, 1.77 E.R.A., 161 strikeouts, and OBA .213
With Grant’s final words of wisdom as he becomes a Crusader, he said, “Don’t ever sell yourself short and be patient. If recruiting does not go well to start, just be patient and be prepared for when your opportunity presents itself, and don’t miss it.”
Good luck at Valop, Grant!!