2020 MIF Ronnie Nowak Commits to Marshalltown

Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about Marshalltown that excites you the most?

The thing that excites me about Marshalltown the most is the fact that I can walk across the street and workout or practice at any hour of the day and either ask one of my coaches to come up there with me, but also go up and practice with teammates as well.

You started playing with Top Tier as a 16U, and are now in your third year with the program. Tell us what about your experience and what it means to wear the TT’s.

My experience at Top Tier was and forever will be like no other. The practices, the bonds with not only friends, but the coaches as well are things I will always look back on.Wearing the TT’s is honestly a privilege and honor. It is a feeling like no other when you go to a tournament and the other teams get intimidated just seeing your name on their schedule.

Share one of your favorite Top Tier memories.

One of my favorite Top Tier memories was most definitely going down to Florida and playing in the WWBA Championship. That experience was like no other. The competition, the exposure, the fields, just everything about that trip was amazing.

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.

When I started at Top Tier I had no colleges looking at me and I was starting to worry because the doors close extremely quickly. Then I started my 16u year and at the end of that year I had one school look at me and that was the end of that. Then I began my 17u year and I got this new mentality that it is my last chance to show myself and finally live
my dream of playing college ball. This was the year where Marshalltown and other schools came into contact with me and I finally started going on visits and talking to coaches about playing for them. Then I went on a visit to Marshalltown and just knew it was the right fit for me.

What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

Some priorities included: housing on campus, team bonding (family oriented), access to facilities, and coaches that I am able to bond or connect with.

What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

A challenge that I see ahead of me, is the fact that I will be living on my own which will take some time getting used to.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?

Some goals I have set for myself are getting bigger, faster, and stronger and to of course get into a good university after my two years at Marshalltown.

If you could give one piece of advice to all of the younger players coming up, what would it be?

One thing I would tell the younger players coming up is to talk to the coaches. The coaches at Top Tier are your friends and they are a tremendous help. I cannot tell you how much they helped me reach one of my goals in life. Do not expect them to do the work though. That is your decision if you want to put the work in or not. They will set the path but you have to take that path and run down it full speed.

Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?

I would like to give a shout-out to my coaches, Griffin Phelps, Matt Plante, Dave Westland and my first baseball coach ever, Terry Carter. Without these people, I would not be the ball player I am today getting ready to live my dream of playing college baseball. So thank you all for helping me along the way, I am extremely grateful. And finally my Mother and Step-Father. I honestly owe it all to my Mother for all of the sacrifices she has done for me to be the ball player I am today and I would just like to say that I am beyond grateful for her and that of course I love her dearly.

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