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Collins hits off collegiate baseball career

THU.| 4-6-23 | SPORTS


     Senior Hugh Collins has made a name for himself so far throughout his high school career.

     His athletic talent has helped bring success to Rose. Collins has what every true athlete wishes to have throughout high school; he has been able to play three sports and pursue his dreams of playing baseball at the collegiate level.

     He will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in the fall.

     “I play football, basketball, and baseball, I played football at Clayton for my senior year then transferred over to Rose for basketball and baseball.” 

     Collins transferred to Rose this year with a purpose in mind, to win a 3A state championship in baseball and seek a higher level of competition.   


Photo by Owen Simmons 

      “I have a really good group of friends that are in Greenville which made the move easy,¨ Collins said. These were some of his teammates on his summer showcase team, The Gametime Prospects 17U National team. Collins realized that he wanted to play his last year of high school with them.

     Collins began to realize that baseball was something he could pursue in college and take his talents to the next level.

     “Really it was up to ECU and UNC,” Collins said. “What it mainly came down to was what I am going to do academically after college and baseball so I wanted to go to a place that would lead me in the right direction.”

     Collins decided that UNC was the best fit for him to pursue a career while playing baseball and Coach Forbes and the staff had a great impact on his decision.

     “They don't treat us just as a player but treat us like their own and they really care about our progress and our performance on the field,” Collins said.

     This has given Collins realization that the relationships with the coaches are more than baseball, but it has given him motivation to keep performing at his best.

     “It felt really good for my first start at Rose so there was some pressure but facing Corinth Holders made it even more challenging where both of my older siblings went and where I was supposed to go before I enrolled at Clayton,” Collins said.

     Collins ended up throwing a complete game shutout against Corinth and Rose came out on top to win their third game of the season 5-0. 

     “I try to get out, get in and pitch at a pace because if I speed up the hitters it gives them less time to react and it helps our team to stay in the game by making routine plays,” Collins said.

Collins is known for his ability to get ahead in the count and throw his slider which is the best pitch in his arsenal.

     This is his most confident pitch he has because it is almost always thrown for a strike to hitters.

     Collins continues to bring more energy and talent to the team and is on track for having a big year at rose for baseball this year.

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