Frenship graduate stays busy with family and school

When Gentry Griffith isn’t chasing baseballs, he’s chasing his son or his degree or working at a local sandwich shop.

Griffith, who attends Lubbock Christian University, is a junior secondary education major. He is a reserve catcher for the top-ranked Chaps and has a 4-year-old son, Keegan.

“It’s tough,” Griffith said about his schedule. “There’s a lot of late nights.”

Griffith graduated from Frenship in 2005 before signing on with Lubbock Christian’s baseball team.

Keegan was born when Griffith was in high school. Although Keegan keeps Gentry busy, he sees the 4-year-old as a blessing.

“Right away when I saw him, he changed my life,” said Griffith. “I had to change a lot of things for the better.

“He helped me mature a lot faster. When everybody was out partying on the weekends, I was at home changing diapers. It’s been good.”

Griffith also works part-time at Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches.

“It’s tough. Usually when I work, I work real late and then get up early for class,” he said. “

The Chaps are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in an April 9 poll as well as being in the top spot of Region V in Monday’s rating.

Griffith said it’s fun playing a part on the No. 1 team in NAIA.

“It’s pretty neat. It’s a good experience,” he said. “In the fall, we knew we had a good ball club.”

Griffith played on Lubbock Christian’s junior varsity before being moved up to varsity earlier this season. The move caught him off guard.

“It was kind of surprising, but I have been working for it,” he said.

Griffith would like to stay involved in baseball. The degree he is working toward is in secondary education.

“I’d like to teach history and I want to coach high school baseball,” said Griffith.

His twin brother, Landry, has been an inspiration to Gentry, as he watched Landry battle a form of skin cancer.

“He came through all of it,” said Gentry. “I really admired him for the things he has done. He’s come a long ways.”

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