First basemen Spencer Shockley didn’t start his career at Western, but his bat impacted the all-time record books nonetheless as he became the all-time career leader in doubles.
It took Shockley less than three seasons to break Javier Martinez’ record of 42 doubles – which stood for 16-years and was accomplished in four seasons – after transferring from Western Iowa Community College after his freshman season.
“Honestly, I didn’t even know I was close to breaking it, but its pretty cool that I will have some tradition with the school now and it means a lot,” Shockley said.
Shockley credits his ability to get so many extra-base hits on his lack of ability to knock the ball completely out of the park. “I just can’t get them over the fence. That extra 10 feet kills me so I end up with doubles.
According to Coach Buzz Verduzco, the reason Shockley has been so successful as a hitter starts with the amount of work that he puts into the game.
“He’s got power and the kid is a worker,” Verduzco said. “He’s always been a weight room kid and does his work in the offseason and during the season to maintain his strength. Any time you have that type of work ethic, it’s going to carry over to the field.”
Verduzco noted that it’s is an unbelievable feat to break such a long-standing record in the timespan that Shockley has been a Griffon.
“It just goes to show what kind of hitter he is and just how tough a hitter he is,” Verduzco said. “He has a superb eye that allows him to go deep into the count. When he’s on, he’s one of the toughest in the league to get out – he’s that good.”
Shockley has the distinction of knowing what it feels like to win a championship as he transferred into Western after his team won the junior college world series at Iowa Western.
“It’s a very similar feeling with the guys we have this year and the guys we had at my JUCO team,” Shockley said. “We’ve got guys that can hit the ball good. We get big hits when we need them so it’s just a good feeling going into the postseason.”
Nothing would make him happier than to win another championship in his final season of college baseball, this time as a Griffon. And he has full confidence that his team can accomplish the goal.
“Having a senior year like this is all you can ask for,” Shockley said. “Just putting yourself in a good position as a team and making a championship happen. If we play like we can play and if we get our timely hits and the pitchers keep throwing like they do, then good things will happen.”