East Lincoln's Eian Fowler has continued to stay strong, excelling in the classroom and on the playing field even with having a lot on his mind this year.
His father, Greg, took a job in Virginia to support his family. It was a tough decision, but it was a move that was in the best interest of the family.
The rest of the family stayed in North Carolina. Fowler's father felt it would not be fair to uproot the family; most importantly, it was Eian's senior year of high school.
Due to the move, Eian's father was unable to attend many of his son's games this season.
"Not having him at my games has been really hard," he said. "He has always been there for me, and not seeing him in the stands hurts, but I do my best for him, my family and teammates."
The senior became a starter for the first time this season. As a utility player, he's played all over the field.
Fowler, who was also a two-year starter for the Mustangs' varsity soccer team, currently holds a record of 4-0 on the mound and is batting .320.
Not even his head baseball coach Chris Matile expected such productivity.
"I knew he was a good ballplayer, but Eian is definitely playing above where we thought he would," said Matile. "We are fortunate to have such a leader on our team. Eian is a great kid with a bright future."
Though Fowler is making an impact on the field, his impact is felt even more in the classroom.
Realizing he is a student before an athlete, Fowler has upheld strong grades throughout his high school career. This fall, Fowler will attend classes at N.C. State University. In Raleigh, he plans to pursue a degree in engineering as well as participate in the school's Air Force ROTC program. He hopes to continue playing baseball on the N.C. State club baseball team.
"I am so excited for college," Fowler said. "I'm going with my best friend, which will make the transition much easier. I'm most excited for the overall college experience."