Two things Josh Card loves.
One, “When I’m pitching, I just love knowing I can blow it by him.”
Two, “When I’m hitting, I love knowing he can’t blow it by me.”
“There’s nothing like it,” he added, and he’s about to get his fill of both.
Thursday, the Northside High School student-athlete signed a scholarship with East Georgia State College in Swainsboro.
A third thing Card loves: “putting in the time.” In fact, that’s what set East Georgia apart.
“I really love working hard in the weight room and doing the extra stuff. So do they. “I love going to the cages. I love doing everything to prepare. That’s what he (the coach) talked about (as far as progression). It’s just fun for me.”
Card first got a chance to play on the Barons’ field his sophomore year. This past summer he played there again. This time an assistant coach was there and saw him play. He came up afterward, Card said, and said, “he’d look me up.”
That fall he went for a tryout and that’s when he got offered the scholarship, he said.
Card, said Northside Head Coach Mark Estes is a “versatile young man. He’s done a great job for us.”
Card did see this past season cut in half due to an illness, Estes continued, but he still hit .348. He finished his career with the Eagles a .400 hitter. He was also the Region Player of the Year last year – in the old region – and All-Region this year in 1-AAAAAA. His bread and butter has been as a middle infielder – shortstop, second base – but he said he would probably see some outfield at East Georgia (and will be preparing for that possibility this summer, he said). Although the coach who scouted him did not see it, he said, he can also pitch. In fact, in his shortened season he was 3-1 with 49 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.5. Overall, he has a 6-2 record, and he has also been used as a closer, Estes said. He has five saves as a result.
Playing since he was around 3 or 4 and for the Warner Robins American Little League, Card said he is “tentatively” looking toward majoring in business management. Possibly looking toward owning his own business one day, he said.
As far as memories of Northside, “It’s just the people here,” he said. “The coaches … It’s a family atmosphere all the time.
You just know they’re a family, too. You know they’re going to do anything they can for you.”