STILWELL, Kan. – Erin Nicklaus has told her son Jackson many times.
“Always want baseball, he’s probably heard me say that 1,000,000 times.”
In the College World Series opener, former Blue Valley High and current Oklahoma freshman Jackson Nicklaus show up and hit a Grand Slam in college baseball’s biggest stage and second match, he produced an RBI single to help the Sooners progress. being one win away from the CWS Finals.
“The minute he hit it, I was like, it didn’t happen. And then it did,” Erin said.
“It overwhelms me and takes my breath away and I really struggle to put anything into an articulate description of how I feel.. I’m happy everyday,” mom Kim Nicklaus said.
He’s no stranger to going big in the big stages at Blue Valley, he had a two-out double in the state championship game en route to a one-point game.
“He got the best shot of everyone on top of that. So that made it harder. By the time the condition happened, he finally relaxed,” Erin said.
And his decision to go to OR also a clutch decision.
“He told us, very concretely, I’m going to commit to OU and we were like, ‘Oh okay, and we asked him why? He said this was really my best chance to go to Omaha’ , said Kim.
And Omaha is a place he’s dreamed of since he was 8, when he and his youth team watched the College World Series. His parents say it’s a dream come true.
“Jackson started that day, in 2011, he was 8 years old and you could see the light go on, he wants to play pro baseball at some point, but I think if he were to set a goal, he is living it right now,” Erin said.
Jackson is one of the few Kansas City area players to compete in the College World Series. Carter Putz (Miege) of Notre Dame and Robert Moore (SM East) of Arkansas Jade Putz (Miege) Kendall Diggs (Aquinas) Brady Slavens (Olathe Northwest) Mark Adamiak (SM Northwest) and Zebulon Vermillion (SM East) are all participating
“Kansas City is underdog, it’s a talent pool. And it’s only getting better,” Erin said.
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