With one goal out of the way, Effingham County High School’s Dylan Scott can now turn his attention to his senior season.
The Rebels center fielder signed a baseball scholarship with xxxx on Friday morning in front of a large crowd of teammates and friends in the ECHS library.
“I’m just accomplishing a big goal,” said Scott. “It means a lot to me. It takes a lot off my shoulders. I can worry about the season and the playoffs now.”
Scott hit .386 last season with two home runs and two triples before an ankle injury curtailed his campaign. As a sophomore, he hit .338 with two homers and seven doubles. On the mound, he’s 10-6 for his career.
“It’s a great accomplishment for Dylan,” Rebels coach Brett Griffin said. “He’s worked really hard and put in a lot of hours. It’s great for him, great for the program and great for his family.”
Scott brings a combination of speed, power and solid defense to the field, his coach said, and carries work ethic for his teammates to follow. He also has a 3.5 grade point average.
“He’s someone we can do a lot of things with,” Griffin said. “Dylan is a leader who doesn’t have to say a whole lot. He leads by example, and that comes from his family. He’s a good person who does things right.”
Scott didn’t like sitting on the bench as the Rebels entered the playoffs last season. The Rebels’ lead-off hitter suffered a high ankle sprain sliding into second base in the first inning during the Region 3-AAAA playoffs against Lakeside-Evans.
“It was horrible. It was the worst feeling in the world,” Scott said of sitting out the rest of the postseason. “When the team was in trouble, I couldn’t do anything but yell and scream.”
Scott worked over the summer to rehabilitate his left ankle, and two-time Georgia Dugout Club top 100 underclassman and all-region player is ready to hit the field again. He was named to the Class AAAA all-state team in the Georgia Dugout Club’s 2008 preview magazine as a utility player.
“I’m just looking to make far in the playoffs,” he said, “and go out with a bang.”