"You always want to be an example,” said Josh Gier. “That was one of the things, try to lead by example."
Belgrade bandits outfielder Josh Gier has been leading by example this season as a captain of the squad.
It starts with his play and intensity on the field.
"He's a leader,” said Josh Browning, a right fielder for the Bandits. “He's always trying to get everyone motivated. He's one of those guys where if there is anything wrong, you can absolutely go talk to him about it and he'll help you out."
"He's that kid that is a safe kid to keep on your team,” Head Coach Johnny Graham said. “He can play a little bit. On top of that, all we have to do is coach him in baseball. We don't have to teach him how to be a good citizen and how to be a good student, because he already is those."
As Coach Graham mentions, Josh is already involved in the community and he excels in the classroom.
Next fall he plans on taking his academic talents to the Colorado School of Mines.
"I'm going down there to study chemical engineering,” Gier said. “I've always liked engineering. I took chemistry this year and it was really nice. So that's what I looked for, a school with a good chemical engineering program and found it. It seemed perfect."
Josh has major plans for himself in the near future.
He says he will take what he learned in high school and put it into action.
"It was quite a bit of work, but my dad always pushed me to be smarter, work harder, and study for it,” said Gier. “So it all seemed natural to me."
"Everything he does is very consistent, very steady, very steady,” Coach Graham said. “He's as good as they come. You never have any concerns about Josh Gier."