Effingham County senior Dylan Scott has committed to play baseball for Middle Georgia College in Cochran.
Scott, who lettered for ECHS the past three seasons, enters his final high school season with a huge weight lifted off his shoulders.
“This is a lot of relief,” he said. “It’s real stressful thinking about where you want to play baseball and now I can have fun the rest of my senior year.”
Scott batted .388 last season for the Rebels and participated in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Top 100 Showcase.
He also played for the Chain of Savannah the past two summers.
He said playing in the showcase and with the Chain helped get him noticed.
“That got my name out there and now I have the opportunity to play at the next level,” Scott said.
Middle Georgia College, located in Cochran, is a breeding ground for Division I and professional baseball. Scott said he would like to move up the baseball ranks.
“It’s (MGC) a good place for me. I can get better and improve,” he said. “Hopefully, I can go somewhere a little higher. All the coaches (at MGC) are very nice and they make you feel welcome and at home.”
At Middle Georgia, Scott said he would room and play baseball with childhood friend Jonathan Hester. The two have played travel baseball since they were 12, but competed on different high school teams. Hester is a senior at Savannah Christian.
The duo began playing on Billy Hill’s Seminoles team.
Scott’s father Keith credits Hill for developing a lot of baseball talent in Effingham County.
“He is a big influence in this area and I’m thankful for his hard work,” Scott said. “He (Hill) got Dylan really focused on ball. If it hadn’t been for Billy, Dylan wouldn’t have a chance to be where he is now.”
Scott does not sign with MGC until Jan. 15. In the meantime, he’s playing fall baseball, lifting weights and running to stay in shape.
Scott’s mother Barbara is excited for her son and is glad that her and Keith can see several of his collegiate games next year.
“I am thrilled that he got this opportunity,” she said. “He has worked all his life for it and I’m really excited for him.”