NEWBERRY — When it comes to his priorities, Cal Lever puts family and baseball at the top of his list. Lever is dedicated to the sport of baseball, and said he loves every minute he’s on the field.
Lever is a freshman baseball player at Newberry College and has loved every minute of his collegiate career thus far. With jersey number 49, Lever plays the position of catcher for the Wolves.
Lever is the son of Jimmy and Karen Lever. He has one brother, Dell, who also played baseball at Newberry College.
Lever chose Newberry College because it was close to home.
“It just felt right. My brother attended Newberry and I really never thought about attending any other school,” Lever said.
Lever’s love of baseball started early, as he has played the game since he was 4.
“I started watching baseball when I was younger. I would watch the pros and wanted to play like them one day,” Lever said. “I love competing, and to me the game of baseball is just a fun thing to do.”
Lever’s favorite professional baseball team is the Atlanta Braves.
Following his passion, Lever attended Newberry High School, where he played on the varsity team for three years.
When he was in the eighth grade, Lever had the opportunity to catch his brother in his senior varsity baseball game. Lever said he and his brother are close, and he wanted to follow in his brother’s footsteps. He wanted to stay close to home, but still be able to play collegiate baseball.
Although Lever played football in middle and high school, he decided to play the sport he loved most while in college. Lever is a bullpen catcher which gives him the opportunity is assist the coach in a smooth functioning team. He helps warm up the pitcher and substitutes when needed.
Newberry College’s head baseball coach Russell Triplett has been coaching at the college for four seasons and believes that Lever is the ultimate team player.
“He started as a bullpen catcher in our program and continues to work his way up,” Triplett said. “He has the respect of his teammates and coaches by the consistent effort and unselfishness he brings to the field daily.”
With weekly practices and team weightlifting Lever makes sure to stay on top of his schoolwork with his busy schedule. He said he tries to dedicate about two hours before and after practice to his school work.
Lever is a history major and plans on becoming a teacher one day, as well as a baseball coach, continuing his love and passion for baseball after college.