CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Rossview’s Truman Brown knows very little about sub-500 baseball. Throughout his high school baseball career, his Hawks teams have never worried about trying to stay above the line of demarcation.
Brown is hoping some of that winning attitude pays off when he turns his attention to the college baseball field. After committing last fall, Brown signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Columbia State Community College on Tuesday afternoon at Rossview High School.
“However I can contribute, that’s what I want to do,” Brown said. “I don’t know exactly where they’ll want to use me, but I know I have a lot of work ahead of me and I plan to make sure that I’m ready for whatever.”
Brown said Columbia State recruited him as a utility infielder but most likely he will play catcher.
“They talked about how much they liked how I played the game and the way I carried myself on the field,” Brown said. “But they liked my arm strength and accurate throws.”
Columbia State got a chance to watch Brown compete in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches’ Association Showcase held each summer at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro. Brown received a text message from the Columbia State coaches inviting him to the campus for a visit.
“I went down there last fall and really enjoyed it,” he said. “I liked the school, I liked the coaching staff and the players, and I really liked their baseball field.”
Brown joins a program with a long tradition of excelling on the baseball diamond. Columbia State has won 11 Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association titles and has been to seven National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.
In return, the Chargers will get one of the more consistent hitters in Clarksville the past four years and a player who has yet to fail in an attempt to help his team reach the Class AAA sectional.
“It’s a good feeling to be able to play your senior year having already committed,” Brown said. “I don’t have any pressure to figure out what I want to do about college. It’s done and I can concentrate on this season.”
Brown — who was named to The Leaf-Chronicle All Area Baseball team last year — had some interest from schools such as Austin Peay, MTSU and Walter State but committed to Columbia State in September.
“I didn’t waste any time because I felt that strongly about the school and the program,” he said. “It wasn’t too difficult a decision for me.”
Brown and the Hawks wrapped up the No. 2 spot in the District 10 standings and for the fifth straight year will enter the district tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
“It’s a product of working very hard and having great coaches but also playing as a family,” Brown said of Rossview’s continuing success. “But the one thing we can’t rely on is the past. We can’t sit back and think just because we’ve gone deep in the postseason before that it’ll happen again. We are still trying to break down the wall (to the state tournament), and that’s something we’re focused on.”
George Robinson. Prep writer. 245-0747. Twitter: @Cville_Sports.