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Baseball: Canby's Jon Inman eyes future at Pacific

The senior pitcher plans to pursue a career in optometry at the Forest Grove university.


Baseball factored into Jon Inman’s decision to attend Pacific University next year, but it’s not the only reason he was attracted to it.

The Canby High School senior also set his sights on the Forest Grove school because of its optometry program, which he believes will provide him with the foundation he needs to pursue a career in medicine.

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but I think I finally decided on optometry because everything you see is related to the eye,” he said. “Seeing is believing. It’s an amazing part of the human body.”

Inman envisions continuing his athletic career with the Boxers, who compete in Division III as a member of the Northwest Conference. The baseball team won a league title in 2012 under coach Greg Bradley, who announced last year that he will retire at the end of the current season.

Inman plans to join a Pacific roster that currently includes numerous area products, including two Three Rivers League alumni in Grant Rogers (Clackamas) and Austin Gallagher (Lake Oswego).

Inman, who received all-league honorable mention as a junior pitcher at Canby, will head to Pacific after a solid prep career on the diamond. He recently threw the first no-hitter of third-year coach J.J. Stolsig’s tenure with the Cougars in a 7-0 win over Lakeridge.

Stolsig said the graduating pitcher, who recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, has had success because of his worth ethic, competitiveness and mentality on the mound.

“He throws a lot of strikes,” Stolsig said. “He’s not afraid to go after someone.”



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