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Pyramid Lake Paiute member seeks to continue baseball career at 4-year college

By Jarrette Werk | Special to First Nation’s Focus

NIXON, Nev. — Louis Henry is taking the next step in his baseball career by transferring from junior college to a four-year institution.

For the past two years, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe member has been a pitcher for the baseball program at College of the Siskiyous, a public two-year college located in Weed, California.

This summer, however, Henry signed to play for Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, where he will major in business administration.

"This is the next step for me," Henry said in an interview in August with First Nation's Focus. "I went through junior college, now I'm at a four year, and the ultimate goal is playing with the pros."

Henry was born and raised on the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, located about 35 miles northeast of Reno.

Growing up in a baseball family, Henry learned to love the game from a very young age, throwing his first pitch at just 4 years old. From there, he skipped over T-Ball and moved right into pitching in Little League.

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"The first team I played for was the Yankees, and that was my grandpa’s favorite team," said Henry. "Ever since then, I just loved the game. I just couldn't hang up the cleats."

Though Henry loved baseball, he also had a passion for rodeo and was forced to choose between the two the summer before his freshman year in high school.

"I had to choose … because they would conflict with each other," said Henry. "I ended up choosing baseball because it all came down to which one would get me through college."

Henry's choice gained him an impressive resume during his time at Reed High School.

He was selected as first-team outfielder his senior year, led the league in slugging, and moved up to third place on all-time homerun record at Reed High.

His accolades do not stop there — his studies have always been just as important as baseball. He earned the No. 1 pitching spot for College of the Siskiyous, all the while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average.

Henry initially went into college thinking he wanted to become an athletic trainer, but later changed his major to business and administration.

"I thought I wanted to be an athletic trainer, but I just couldn't find the passion for it," he said. "But with business administration, I will be able to."

Once Henry finishes the next chapter in his life and baseball career, he wants to return home and create a baseball camp strictly for Native youth.

"I want to be a positive role model for my niece and nephew. I want to be someone they can look up to," he said, adding that his love for baseball is providing him opportunities not many get. "You have to find something you love and you have to chase it."

Jarrette Werk (Aaniiih) is a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno, who worked this summer for the Sierra Nevada Media Group as an intern, writing and taking photos for First Nation’s Focus.