Athlete of the Week: Gore taking talent to Gamecocks

Conway High senior Jordan Gore played his final game of his high school career on Wednesday night. Fortunately for him, he has four more years to win a championship.

The Tigers shortstop/pitcher and his Tiger teammates suffered a 3-2 loss to South Aiken in the district finals, ending what many expected to be a state title run for Conway this season.

Gore was one of many talented standouts moving on to play at the next level, including Florida-bound pitcher Grant Holmes and Coastal Carolina commit GK Young. For Gore, it’s the University of South Carolina.

“It grew up playing with those guys all my life and it was fun,” said Gore, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “I’m going to miss it but I feel like I have a bright future ahead of me. I’m very excited about playing for one of the most prestigious schools in the country.”

It’s easy to see why the Gamecocks came calling on Gore. Not only did he lead the Tigers with a .492 batting average with 27 runs scored, nine RBIs and one homer, but he also went 5-0 with an 0.97 ERA, 48 Ks and one save.

But it might come as a bit of a surprise that he chose South Carolina over the many interested baseball schools. Gore comes from a Clemson family, but he decided suit up for the Gamecocks, thanks in part to their three consecutive trips to the College World Series finals.

“I grew up a Clemson fan and my mom went to Clemson, but she’s happy for me,” said Gore, who expects to play shortstop at USC. “I just really liked the program. They’ve had a lot of success over the years and I really want to win.”

Gore and his teammates backed that up last week when they were faced with the difficult decision to choose between a rain makeup playoff game at Summerville or going to the prom. Everyone on the team choose the former and the Tigers pulled out a 7-5 win … and nearly made it to the prom on time anyway.

“It might have been a tough decision for some of the guys but I’ll choose a baseball game over the prom any day,” Gore said. “We all wanted to go as a team. Everybody wanted to win the ring.”

No such luck this season with the Tigers, but expect Gore to have many more opportunities to claim a championship as a Gamecock.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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