MT. PLEASANT — Mt. Pleasant third basemen Clayton Lowery signed his letter of intent on Thursday to attend and play baseball at Grand View University. The Panther senior signed his letter in the Mt. Pleasant Media Center.
Lowery will be heading to Des Moines this fall after finishing his senior season in Mt. Pleasant.
“I’ve always wanted to play college baseball ever since I was little,” Lowery said. “When I first when to Grandview, I loved the campus. All of the facilities were newer. They even got a new building they connected. The baseball field is right off the lifting room. I really like the dorms, and just Des Moines in general.”
Lowery hit .333 last season, second best on the Panther squad. He finished the year with a team-high 37 hits and 26 RBIs, knocking 12 doubles and two triples on the year.
He will be joining a Vikings team that went 13-22 overall last season and 10-13 in the Heart of America conference.
“I met with both coaches and they seemed like really nice guys,” Lowery said. “The head coach has been there a while, and he seemed to know a lot about what he’s doing.”
Lowery says he doesn’t know sure what he’s going to study, but he may go into some sort of business field.
Lowery and the Panthers will have big expectations coming into this year. Mt. Pleasant tied for the SEC title last year with Fairfield and bring the brunt of the squad back for the 2020 season. Of course, the season was in doubt until recently, when Gov. Reynolds and the Iowa High School Athletic Association gave it the thumbs up.
“I was at work when I found out the news,” Lowery said. “I was working and my phone kept blowing up. I had a break coming, so I went on break, and almost the whole team was texting me. They all knew before me, and I was like, ‘holy cow I can’t believe this is happening.’”
Lowery and the Panthers will be begin practice today (Monday).