Jon-Micah Griffith wasted no time acclimating himself to his new surroundings at Grandview Heights, especially on the baseball field.
A move-in from Granville in August 2018, Griffith became the Bobcats' catcher last spring after Trey Cook tore an ACL during football season. He also hit cleanup in a lineup that helped lead Grandview to a finish of 19-8 overall and 6-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division, marking its first winning season since 2009.
With his senior season canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Griffith, who made a favorable impression on Bobcats coach Tyler Fitzgerald, got an earlier start on preparing to play at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
"Jon-Micah really came on for us behind the plate, and his bat was a boost our lineup needed," Fitzgerald said. "When Trey Cook went down, we had an immediate need for a catcher. I think he caught 95 percent of the innings for us and did a great job."
Griffith was named second-team all-league after batting .352 with 27 RBI and scoring 18 runs. This spring, he was going to split time between catcher and outfield with Cook returning for his senior season.
"When I came to Grandview, I played football to make friends and it helps me make more of a connection," Griffith said. "I think that helped a lot.
"I have been playing baseball since I was a kid and I have always enjoyed it. I love playing catcher because I can constantly be doing something and not just sitting there."
Catchers have numerous duties on the field, such as setting up the defense, calling pitches, keeping pitchers calm, framing pitches, limiting stolen bases and blocking pitches in the dirt. Griffith handled all of those well, according to pitching coach Garrett Griffin.
"J.M. was definitely a catcher the guys liked throwing to because he could block the ball and frame a pitch well," Griffin said. "Last year, we had our lowest team ERA (2.09) in quite a few years, and I think that had a lot to do with having him behind the plate.
"He has the ability to keep the ball in front of him. If a pitcher would throw a two-strike breaking ball, he knew that it wasn't going to the backstop. He's a tough kid and not afraid of the ball. He also was able to frame a borderline pitch to get a call once or twice. That always helps."
Griffith batted ahead of slugger Joey Bertani, who hit .511 with three home runs and 44 RBI.
"(Griffith) was one of our most consistent hitters," Griffin said. "He did well with two strikes and with runners on base. He's ready to go hitting-wise (at the college level) but he needs some more reps in the outfield, where he will mostly play in college."
Griffith plans to study film and media production.
"I made my own recruiting films through my digital design class (at Grandview)," he said. "I want to make videos, documentaries and movies.
"One of the main aspects I like is editing. They have a good internship there at Taylor. They will fly you out to California to work with professionals so you can learn things firsthand."