Enterprise High School baseball player Jackson Lessman announced on April 29 that he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Enterprise State Community College next season.
Lessman boasted a .200 batting average with one triple, 10 runs and four stolen bases in 15 games during the abbreviated 2020 season.
The senior Wildcat announce he would be heading to ESCC despite being in an odd point in baseball recruiting in which players can’t even take visits to potential college campuses.
“I talked to Coach (Samuel) “Bubba” Frichter and made the decision in about an hour,” Lessman said. “I had in the back of my head that I wanted to play in junior college and when this worked out it seemed like the obvious decision with everything going on.”
Because just how many scholarships or roster spots colleges across the country are going to have next season is still up in the air, it’s been a slow process for seniors that haven’t yet committed or signed with a school. Lessman said that ESCC seemed like the perfect destination for him.
“It seemed like a good option for me,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about the program and the coaches, and it’s an advantage being close to home.
“I think this is going to be a good place for me to continue to develop as a player and continue to get better and hopefully further progress my playing career.”
Lessman said that he couldn’t wait to start working with his new coach, Frichter.
“He seems like a great guy and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and that he’s a great coach from multiple people I trust,” Lessman said. “I’m excited to get to work with him and the rest of the guys (at ESCC) and put together some wins this year.”
Lessman said his primary goal at ESCC is going to be helping the Boll Weevils win regardless of his role.
“Definitely my No. 1 goal is to do whatever I can to help the team win and I also want to earn a spot in the starting lineup,” Lessman said. “I know it’s going to take a lot of work but I’m ready to get after it and work hard.”