BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — For as long as he can remember, Luke Goforth has always had a coach that was one text message or e-mail away.
“I hit off the tee at home, send him a video and then he corrects it on the video,” he said. “Then I will go back, try to do what he told me to do, and just back and forth.”
When it comes to getting better at the plate, Luke knows where to get advice from — his brother.
“We have a lot of the same interests,” Ethan Goforth said. “We grew up doing a lot of the same things. So it kind of makes sense that our paths have been very similar.”
Ethan played three seasons of college baseball at Carson Newman before getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2019. Now he’s paving the road for his younger brother to find similar success.
During Ethan’s college career, Luke would be a frequent guest around the Eagles.
“I was bat boy for him so just being around them and Ethan with the success he had there,” Luke said. “Then they started recruiting me, I was like, this is what I want to do, I want to follow in my brother’s footsteps.”
The two did have some differences. While both played football and baseball, Ethan was an all-state wrestler while Luke pursued basketball.
But when it came to work ethic, the two shared the nearly identical philosophies.
“Just watching (Luke) being able to grow, more as a person I would say throughout the four years, rather than a baseball player,” Ethan said. “The baseball is obviously very important but he’s taken on a couple of leadership roles in the way he’s handled a lot of situations has been really cool to see.”
Luke’s already learned plenty of lessons from his brother.
“Just to play every game like it’s your last, don’t take anything for granted and play hard,” Luke said.
The recent Blacksburg high graduate took that message to heart when his senior baseball season was wiped out because of the pandemic.
“It took a little bit but then I realized that I was one of the fortunate ones to be able to play at the next level,” Luke said.
Getting deprived of an entire year of competition might give Luke more of a competitive edge with Carson Newman.
“We’re very similar but very different at the same time,” Ethan said. “He’s looking forward to competing and having that whole year of baseball stripped from him, I think he’s out with a chip on his shoulder ready to go.”
While Luke hasn’t even taken the field yet with his new team, he already has long term goals.
“I wanna continue on with the legacy at Carson Newman,” Luke said. “I’m going to try and do what he did and try to get drafted.”
“I think if he puts his mind to it and that’s what he wants to do, the skies the limit.”