The work has been put in and now it has paid off as Waukee baseball star Jackson Payne officially made the next step in his baseball playing career.


Made official on Twitter, following his departure from Waukee High School, Payne will be taking his baseball talents to the University of Iowa. Payne has made himself into a well-known name not just within the state of Iowa, but across the country as well. Payne was ranked fourth overall for 2020 high school graduates according to Perfect Game Iowa. The junior as improved upon his already talented resume, adding 11 mph onto his fastball velocity since 2017. At last note, Payne had clocked in at 90 mph on his fastball. That mark, according to multiple groups, has ranked him in the 90th percentile or better.


Last season under the helm of Waukee High School, Payne set down 70 batters via strikeout while issuing a mere 17 walks all season. His junior season included 51 innings pitched with opposing batting managing a mere .213 average against him. In a world of unpredictability and chaos, Payne was as consistent as they came in 2019 and was a reliable option for head coach David Dirkx.


Before Payne makes his way onto Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, he will have one last season with the Warriors.