TEXAS – George Janca

POWER SHOWCASE NATIONAL PRE-QUALIFIER

“FEATURED” Texas Representative

 ALSO COMPETING IN 9TH ANNUAL POWER SHOWCASE MIAMI

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George Janca

6’2 / 175

SS / OF

AGE: 17

PLAYING IN:

FEATURED

 

WATCH GEORGE’S HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

 

George is one of the smartest baseball players I have ever coached. His instincts for situational play as well as big moment opportunities are what makes him unique.  George’s desire to be the best is unmatched on a baseball field. His relentless competitive nature is one of the qualities that the coaching staff and his teammates admire most. Other Coaches have made the comment consistently “I don’t want him at the plate when it matters”. He has grown up in a country lifestyle and on a baseball field.  Being influenced by the country lifestyle has given George the GRIT and unstoppable fire to be a great baseball player.  Growing up on the baseball field has given George a great baseball IQ, he seems to be able to slow the game down when it is going the fastest.  It has been a real treat to witness him improve as the intensity of the situation grows. George is a 6’2” shortstop that runs like a centerfielder, he makes routine plays look easy, and has developed the skill to make the ESPN highlight plays!  While George has been a rock on our infield for three years his defense isn’t what stands out, the unbelievable power his wiry frame generates is just fun to watch. The explosive power potential he exhibits is what has many baseball people talking about. When George squares up on a baseball it makes a different sound than most high school hitters.  I love throwing and watch him take BP, because it is an awesome display of power and barrel control.  George will graduate from this high school not only as one of the best players to ever play here but the best power hitter we have ever had! The future for his power production will only get exponentially better as he matures as a hitter.

Adam Foster / Head Baseball Coach / Georgetown High School


 

 INDIVIDUAL ATHLETIC AWARDS/HONORS ATHLETIC INFORMATION:
  • Selected to the 2014 South Texas Team that went to the USA
    Baseball NTIS in Cary, NC
  • Academic All-District
  • 2013 Unanimous Newcomer of the Year, 17 4-A
  • 2014 Unanimous All-District Shortstop, 17 4-A   .405 BA, 6 HR, 32 RBI
  • 2014 THSCA D-Bat Hitter of the Week Awards, 2 Times, 2014
  • 2013 National All-Tournament Team, PG World Wood Bat Tournament, 2013
  • 2013 Member  North Texas Team, NTIS USA Baseball, Cary, NC


Showcase State: TX

Primary Pos: SS

Secondary Pos: OF

Bat: Right

Throw: Right

Arm Velocity (MPH): 91

BTA: .408

HRs SEASON: 6

Run Time 60: 6.9

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Grade:  12

Grad: 2015

Georgetown H.S.
Georgetown TX

 

4.0 GPA Unweighted
5.6 GPA Weighted
National Honor Society

 

College Commitment: Texas A & M

 

H.S. Coach: Adam Foster
512-680-9569
fostera@georgetownisd.org
GEORGETOWN EAGLES

  • EAGLES 2013 Regional Champs

  • 2014 District Champs

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

I.G. and Leslie Janca
Georgetown TX 78633

I.G. 512-461-8735
ijanca@yahoo.com

Leslie: 512-461-8735
ljanca@thegateway.net

George: JANCAGEORGE7@GMAIL.COM
512-496-6550

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George Janca is partnering with Leonel Sanchez, a fourth grader at Pickett Elementary School, Georgetown, TX for Home Runs that Help

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Leonel Sanchez loves fast cars and dreams of being a race car driver when he grows up.  Unfortunately, Leonel will never realize his dream.  He was diagnosed in 2012 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare fatal disease that will eventually creep into every muscle in his body, causing him to lose all mobility.  The life expectancy for boys with Duchenne is just 25 years old, however, doctors predict that Leonel may not live past his teens.Mayra Bolanos, Leonel’s mother, explained that her son started walking different when he was two.  “When we went walking, he was always behind and fell a lot but I didn’t know why.  Leonel was in the second grade we received the diagnosis and I was so scared,” Mayra said, “I’m a single mom and Leonel’s dad is not involved in his life, so I worry about what will happen to him if I’m not around,” she said.    Leonel is an artist, and sketches beautiful drawings, using his collection of match box cars as inspiration.  His teachers, friends and family are encouraging his artistic talents because he can continue to draw when he can no longer walk. 

George says that when he got the opportunity to participate in the Power Showcase Home Run Derby, which encourages players to help others through the Home Runs That Help charity, he immediately thought of Leonel.   George will be raising pledges toward any home runs he may hit in the Power Showcase, which will be held at the Florida Marlins stadium in Miami this December, to help Leonel and Mayra with major  medical expenses and to ease the daily challenges for the family of housing, food and  transportation. 

 “I am so impressed with Leonel’s positive attitude,” George said, “He has already faced more adversity at 10 years old than most people do in an entire lifetime, but he always has this big smile on his face.  I’ve learned a lot from Leonel about what’s important in life. He’s my hero.” 

Leonel’s disease is progressing rapidly.  He shuffles on his tip toes to get around and the muscles in his face are already deteriorating.  The steroids and other strong medications Leonel has to take have caused him to gain a lot of weight, which also makes it difficult for him to maneuver.  Leonel has to wear leg braces most of the time these days, and he is transitioning into his wheelchair.  The students at his school take good care of Leonel, taking turns pushing him throughout the day to conserve his energy.  Leonel is expected to be completely wheelchair bound by next school year.

A local nonprofit donated a vehicle this summer to Mayra so she could take Leonel to his doctors in Austin, but the gasoline and upkeep costs money.  Before that, his teachers were helping to drive Leonel to medical appointments.  “Their apartment is not handicap accessible, so they may be facing an expensive move when Leonel becomes confined to his wheelchair,” George added, “I want to help Leonel and raise awareness about this devastating disease.  He’s my buddy now and I’m there for the long haul.”

Make A Wish Foundation has fulfilled two wishes for Leonel while he still has some mobility.  This past year Leonel had a special day at a racetrack in Austin and rode in the racecar.  He received his very own racing suit.  Make A Wish also sent Leonel and his mom and sister to Disney World this past summer, giving Leonel one more memory that will hopefully last his lifetime. 

“Leonel’s mom told me that there was a time right after they learned about his Duchenne that Leonel told his teacher he wouldn’t be anything when he grew up because he wouldn’t grow up,” George said, “with the support of his family, the Georgetown community and Pickett Elementary School, Leonel dreams about growing up again.  He’s a tough kid.”   

George said, “The funny thing is that when I met Leonel, he said he didn’t really like baseball.  I think that’s because he can’t play sports any more.  But the team is going to convert him to a baseball fan.  He’s been up to the field and likes to go around the bases.  He had so much fun.  We gave him a team hat and jersey and we have a spot saved for him in the dugout with the guys this season.  We’re definitely going to turn Leonel into a baseball fan.”