Prep baseball: Cam Howe leads on, off field for Murray
Murray's Cam Howe's baseball career might be over.
He must decide if he will take a golf scholarship to Westminster College or explore opportunities available in baseball.
But if Howe has played his last game on the diamond, no one knows what a standout career he has put together more than Murray coach Marce Wilson.
"He's started since he was a sophomore, and he's been invaluable to us," Wilson said. "His leadership and competitiveness have been an example to other players in our program. He has a solid bat, he has a fun character and he's very coachable. He's one of our best players, but he's not all about himself. He knows he's just one piece of the puzzle. He definitely has college ability. Hopefully he gets that chance."
Howe certainly has the credentials to play at the next level. He was 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA on the mound while batting .457 and driving in 24 runs entering the week.
He attributes his success to having a passion to play.
"I guess I always put myself on a higher pedestal," he said. "I've always wanted to be a leader and be in the spotlight. Some guys don't want to be in that role, but that's when I think I'm at my best."
Howe started playing second base toward the end of his freshman year after he battled back from what could have been a career-ending injury. He took a bad hop in the face during a junior varsity game. The ball landed a direct hit to his eye, and he needed surgery to repair a detached retina. But he was starting at second base on the varsity team five weeks later.
He has been Murray's go-to guy since then, and he's made many memories during his high-school career. He threw a one-hit shutout against Skyline, the Class 4A champ, last year. The lone hit was a bloop single in the seventh inning.
Howe also is an accomplished golfer. He proved that when he went on a double date and aced a par 3. Nothing like impressing a date. It wasn't a fluke. He's had two other holes-in-one and was the Region 7 medalist this year.
It's actually golf that could cause him to hang up his cleats. He's considering a golf scholarship at Westminster if he doesn't find an attractive baseball offer.
"I always looked at baseball as fun," Howe said. "I've been playing with my best friends. We take it seriously, but we also know how to go out and have fun."