Luebbehusen, Wallace sign with Franklin baseballApril 30, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Jobe Luebbehusen and Andrew Wallace grew up together, have helped Jasper to an 11-2 start this season and now they will continue their baseball careers at Franklin College together.
Luebbehusen and Wallace both inked their letter of intents to play for the Grizzlies Friday morning. They will not only remain teammates, but they will also be college roommates.
“It’ll be interesting,” Wallace said. “We’ll have to see how it works out.”
“Hopefully, it works out well,” Luebbehusen added.
The two of them will be going from one winning culture to another. The storied program that is Jasper baseball has been documented throughout the years, but Franklin has built something, too. The Grizzlies currently have a 16-9 record in 2021, and have not had a losing record since the 2016 campaign.
“I think it really helps that Coach (Terry) Gobert and all the coaching staff pushes us now,” Wallace said. “I think it prepares us and we’re ready for college. We can do the same thing there and help the other guys along with us.”
“Coach Gobert pushes us hard here, and from what we’ve heard, Coach (Lance) Marshall pushes us very hard there,” Luebbehusen said. “So, we’re very excited to have that transition.”
Luebbehusen and Wallace are just two of the many who have played under Gobert’s tutelage. Jobe’s father, Cory, is a 1992 Jasper graduate, and played for Gobert as a right-handed pitcher and left fielder. Meanwhile, Gobert coached against Andrew’s father, Scott — a 1989 Loogootee graduate who played first base and third base.
“He’s a demanding coach that wants things done the correct way, and that is all that a father would probably want for his son — tough, but fair,” Scott said of Gobert.
“He’s very aggressive and very hard nosed, but at the end of the day, he’s there for his kids and he’s going to fight for you and with you — just trying to teach them that kind of stuff,” Cory said. “And with the success that they’ve had, it’s one of the best programs, if not the best program in the state.”
Gobert described Scott as a “heck of a player” for the Lions, and said Cory was part of a really good group with the Wildcats. He’s known the families for a long time, and hailed both Andrew and Jobe as really good kids.
“They’re both hard workers, and nothing’s come easy to them, but they’re always willing to do whatever it takes to be a better ballplayer,” Gobert said. “Anytime you got kids that want to play baseball beyond high school, it just makes you feel good that they love the game that much.”
Jobe has also been part of Jasper’s very successful tennis program, but he’s always liked baseball since he was a kid, and has had a dream to play at the next level. Andrew has also donned his football cleats and gotten onto the basketball floor for Jasper, but he, too, has had that dream of playing baseball at the next level — calling baseball his favorite sport.
Jobe intends to study business marketing while at Franklin, while Andrew will major as a Pre-Physician Assistant. They both have things that they’ll want to work on once their senior year ends — as Andrew wants to improve his fielding. Meanwhile, Jobe strives to get into the weight room to put some weight on before he joins the Grizzlies.
Before they try to add to Franklin’s success, however, they’ll look to keep Jasper’s strong start going, which includes a 6-0 record in Southern Indiana Athletic Conference play.
“I think we just got to come into practice every day and we just got to keep working to getting better within our games,” Andrew said. “We got to find the little things and do those right. As we continue the season, I think we just got to get better at one percent every day.”
“We’re really close together,” Jobe said. “When you’re playing with some of your best friends, it really helps when you’re trying to fight against a team."
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