Crawford County continues to churn out college athletes, many of which have come from Robinson High School.
One of the latest RHS athletes to elect to continue their athletic career in college is senior Brayden Scott, who has chosen to play baseball at Vincennes University next season.
"It feels great," Scott said. "I've been wanting to do this for a while now. Now it is time to start playing and having fun."
He is the latest in a series of Robinson baseball players to move on to the next level, which is a positive thing for the RHS program.
"It is good to see him sign and it is good for our program," RHS head coach Scott Albright said. "Our program has produced a lot of college players and I am happy to see them get to the next level."
"We are excited about bringing him in to be a part of our family," VU head coach Chris Barney said. "He is a quality kid and has the ability to get better."
Scott said the nearby aspect was a major contributor in his decision to play for the Trailblazers.
"I didn't want to stay right at home, but I didn't want to go too far either," Scott said. "I felt it was a comfortable enough distance to go to play ball."
Before deciding on VU, Scott considered Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central, Rend Lake and Southeastern Illinois, among others.
While he was a mulit-sport athlete in high school, playing both football and basketball in addition to baseball, while also being multi-faceted on the diamond, Scott will have the luxury of concentrating on one area in college - pitching.
"I may try to play third or first in fall ball, but mainly will concentrate on pitching," Scott said. "I've got a good fastball and my second-best pitch is a slider. It is a good go-to pitch for me."
His soon-to-be head coach believes Scott has all the tools necessary to be a successful pitcher at the next level.
"He is a prototypical pitcher," Barney said. "He has a good fastball and his secondary pitches are good. He will be in the mix to compete for a spot in our rotation."
Barney noted he will have a chance to earn time on the mound, it won't be easy.
"We start five sophomores right now, but we will bring in enough guys in the fall to compete for those spots," Barney said. "He has played at a competitive level and put up good numbers. He projects to continue to get better and should be among our top eight pitchers."
Albright also believes Scott has what it takes to be successful at the next level.
"Brayden will be a good pitcher at the college level," Albright said. "When his command is on, he is very good. He has gotten a lot better for us and one of the biggest things is he is not afraid to go inside and challenge hitters. He is a bulldog on the mound. He has the attitude that he is determined to make it and is working hard to get there."
During his high school career, Scott has not seen a lot of time on the mound, but has had some success.
He has appeared in 16 games, posting a 3-4 record, including two saves, with a 4.73 ERA.
So far this year, Scott is 1-1 with one save and a 4.54 ERA in five appearances. He has walked 11 and struck out 19 in 15.1 innings of work.
In his junior season, Scott was 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA and one save in five games, one of which was a complete game. He also walked 21 and struck out 29 in 20 innings.
He posted a 1-1 record with a 9.15 ERA in five games as a sophomore, while walking 11 and striking out 12 in 13 innings, while he pitched two scoreless innings with one strikeout in his only mound appearance as a freshman.
He has also be a solid hitter for the Maroons, posting a .312 career average.
Currently, he sports a .333 average (9-27), with a double, a triple, 3 RBI and eight runs scored.
Last year, Scott hit .316 with 3 HR, eight doubles, two triples, 20 RBI and 19 runs scored. In his sophomore season, he batted .299 1 HR, six doubles, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored.
Scott believes he will fit right in at Vincennes, not only because of his skills on the field, but also his personality.
"I get along with everybody and I bring life to the dugout," Scott said.
Hard work has gotten Scott to where he is, but he is aware it will take even more work to be successful at VU and possibly beyond.
"I am hoping I can show my talents, work my way to the top and make it to the next level," Scott said. "It is going to take a lot of work and it is not just going to come to me. I have worked my tail off to get to this position and I am not going to stop now. I have to keep going."