Athletic success runs in Will Gormally's family.
Gormally's cousin, Carissa Gormally, recently competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials as a standout swimmer. While Carissa didn't advance to the London Games, she definitely gave Will the right kind of motivation.
"I knew she was a Div. I athlete (Carissa won two NCAA titles while swimming for the University of North Dakota), but once she told me what she did in terms of training, that shocked me. It was eye-opening to say the least," said Gormally, an outfielder and pitcher for the third-ranked Fort Dodge baseball team. "She really busts her butt and puts in strenuous hours."
With this being his final season on the diamond for Gormally, the senior has high hopes ahead for the 28-5 Dodgers.
Fort Dodge is on the cusp of claiming the CIML Iowa Conference title, needing only one win to achieve the league crown. The Dodgers visit Ames Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"We have a lot of chemistry as a team and all the guys are really close," Gormally said. "We go into each and every game knowing we have each other's backs no matter what."
TIMEOUT WITH WILL GORMALLY
Vacation destination: Bahamas.
People I would like to have dinner with: my grandpa, Sandy Koufax and Francisco Liriano.
It would surprise people that I: have a lot of superstitions before a baseball game.
My sports role model: my cousin Carissa.
My everyday role model: my dad.
I can't go a day without: Gatorade.
Superstition: wearing the same shirt under my jersey.
Most heated rivalry: Mason City.
Favorite road trip: Valley.
What are you listening to right now? Mac Miller.
Team: Minnesota Twins.
Class: physical education and American history.
Gormally is doing his part this year, hitting .436 with 28 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, two homers and 30 RBI. The Iowa Central recruit has also picked up four wins on the mound, striking out 44 against just 17 walks so far this season.
After being one of the few junior starters for the state semifinalists from FDSH?a year ago, Gormally is hoping to lead the charge back to Principal Park in Des Moines this summer.
"I feel I have taken on the role of a leader well," said Gormally, who batted .381 and plated 24 runs as a junior. "I'm not the type of leader who runs out there and gets in your face; I prefer to lead by example, to be that guy who you look at and want to emulate."
Fort Dodge has won 22 of its last 24 games overall, including doubleheader sweeps over Marshalltown, Mason City and No. 7 Waukee twice. The Dodgers have cleared the 25-win hurdle for the eighth straight campaign, and their current record ranks as the school's fourth best in a regular season since 1970.
Coupled with the recent success of the program - the Dodgers have reached the state semis twice in the last three seasons - Gormally is comfortable with the expectations being high.
"I just kind of sit there and relax, and take it all in," Gormally said. "Whatever happens, happens; we put in time that a lot of other programs don't, so we expect to have good results."
In his FDSH career, Gormally has won eight games on the mound and driven in a total of 64 runs. He's also recorded 30 career doubles.
Gormally believes the outfield is where he will continue his playing career with the Tritons, though he is open to pitching as well.
Along with taking on the Little Cyclones Thursday, Fort Dodge will complete its home slate against Des Moines North Monday. The final regular season action for the Dodgers is Tuesday at Johnston.
Fort Dodge will open up substate play at Rogers Park next Friday against Sioux City West.