Passion For Baseball Developed With Father Leads Timbrook To Kent State

Bruce Hefflinger
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Passion For Baseball Developed With Father Leads Timbrook To Kent State

Mack Timbrook SS / 2B / Archbishop Hoban, OH / 2019

KENT - A love for baseball is something Mack Timbrook and his father had in common.

“Every day we’d do a little something with baseball,” Timbrook reflected about growing up and his relationship with his father Steve, a professor in graphic design at Kent State for a quarter century. “He’d come home from work and we’d go out and hit wiffle balls or just work on something with baseball. It was something we both loved. I loved everything he loved and baseball was something we could do together.”

Size did not deter the desire to play baseball in college.

“In the eighth grade and freshman area, I was the smallest on the team but I had great skills,” Timbrook noted. “My dad was always very supportive. He helped me grow as a player and give me confidence in my skills and my game that I could perfect anything.”

That drive and support helped lead Timbrook to a commitment with Kent State.

“Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to play college baseball,” the 92nd-ranked player in the state’s 2019 class pointed out. “When I was 11 or 12, Kent State went to the College World Series and I went to a party to celebrate and got all the player’s autographs. That was when I knew I wanted to go to Kent to play college baseball.”

An improved game made it more realistic.

“My freshman year I developed a love for the game and it was then I began thinking it could develop into something special and I could play college baseball,” Timbrook noted. “That was when I started lifting and began to see the fruits of my labor. I’d think about my dad and all the work we put in together. That inspired me.

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