Rodney Dorsey's line of work seemed perfect, considering his son Brandon's jam-packed summer baseball schedule: He's a truck driver.
The Dorsey family traveled some 8,000 miles across 10 states — driving as far away as Florida — as Brandon, a rising Calvert Hall sophomore, competed and shined for the national showcase team, the Fredericksburg-Va. based Evoshield Canes that finished third in the Perfect Game 15U World Series.
"He does all the driving and its usually overnight," Diane Dorsey said of her husband.
All the driving is well worth it as far as the Dorseys are concerned, especially now that Brandon's baseball career is taking off.
Dorsey is being aggressively recruited by several Atlantic Coast Conference schools, even though he's only a couple of months removed from finishing his freshman year of high school.
The 6-foot, 190-pound third baseman has made college visits to Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and over the next month, he will check out both Virginia Tech and South Carolina.
It won't be long before he picks a school.
Diane Dorsey said expects her son to commit to a college no later than this fall.
"That's a trend that started in lacrosse," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said of the early recruiting in high school. "I think he is that kind of player. I really do. He could be one of the better, if not best hitter we ever had at Calvert Hall."
That's saying something considering that seven Calvert Hall players have been drafted in Eckerl's 13 years as head coach.
Center fielder Troy Stokes (Milwaukee Brewers, 4th round this year) and catcher Alex Murphy (Orioles, 5th round, 2013) are the latest Cardinals to play professional baseball.
"He can just flat out hit the baseball," Eckerl said matter of factly about Dorsey, who is very reserved and doesn't tend to swing his own praises. "There is something special about him."
Dorsey's blossoming skills have already resulted in some impressive national accomplishments.
"The showcase thing is all about being seen by the right people at the right time," Evoshield Canes 15U coach Darin Campbell said. "He is having some really good games. He has extraordinary power as a right-handed hitter. He has a great glove and arm and hits for power. He's getting the accolades because there's not many guys like that."
Dorsey, who turned 16 Aug. 10 and has been playing baseball for 11 years, was invited to try out in July at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, in Queens, N.Y. for the Mets Scout Team that played in the Metropolitan Baseball Classic. He was the youngest player participating and got beaten for a third base spot by a high school senior.
Dorsey also earned an invitation to the Powershowcase/All-American Classic at Miami Marlins Stadium and the Under Armour Preseason All-America Showcase in Arizona in January.
His momentum started during Dorsey's freshman year at Calvert Hall. He led the Cardinals in batting average (.329) and finished tied for the team lead in RBIs (20) and home runs (3) with Stokes.
Dorsey also ranked second on the team with a.465 on-base percentage and six doubles.
He had some eye-catching games, going 3-for-4 in a rout over McDonogh on April 22 and clubbing two-run homers on the road and at home against Archbishop Curley.
"He has such a great work ethic," Eckerl said. "He has such a love and passion for baseball. You can really see it on his face when he gets to the field. He is always smiling. He is just ready to work. He has just been a pleasure to coach."
Eckerl said the hard work Dorsey has put in defensively paid off as the season progressed. He improved with the glove as much as any Cardinal.
"He struggled a little bit in the beginning with his field, but he really worked at it and got better," the coach said.
Dorsey understands he has to keep working extra hard to play college and perhaps beyond that professional baseball.
He trains for two hours a day, five days a week at TZ Sports in Eldersburg.
"I am at 190 pounds now," said Dorsey, noting he weighed 185 this spring playing for Calvert Hall. "Some pro scouts want me to get stronger and look more muscular. I'm known as a power hitter."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun