By David Fong
TROY — Anyone can dream it, but not everyone gets a chance to achieve it.
For as long as he can remember, Brandon Emery’s biggest goal in life has been to earn the opportunity to play college baseball. That dream came true this week when the Troy High School senior signed his national letter of intent to go to school and play baseball at the University of Findlay.
“This feels amazing,” Emery said. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. It’s awesome that I’m actually living that dream. Me and my dad used to watch baseball all the time when I was a kid. Then we’d go outside and play. I’m grateful for that. I’ve always loved baseball.”
For the past six years, Emery has been working year-round with the singular focus of making himself into a college baseball player.
“In the seventh grade, I started to compete and travel ball,” Emery said. “I think that’s when I started to realize this could possibly come true for me. My dad told me I could be a college baseball player. That’s when it started to get pretty legit for me. I play baseball all year long. I love it. At times it would start to get boring, but if you want to pursue your dream, you’ve got to push yourself.”
Last season, the middie indfielder hit .278 with three doubles, two triples, a home run and 14 runs batted in. He also was tied for the team lead in stolen bases with nine. As a sophomore, Emery hit .284 with a a double, a triple and 13 RBI, earning second-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division honors. He also was tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases that season.
Troy coach Ty Welker thinks Emery will be a perfect fit at Findlay for a variety of reasons.
“He’s been a part of our program since junior high — he was on our first junior high club team,” he said. “He’s been a program kid from the start. I remember when he was a freshman, he and Jake Daniel came down to watch us play Moeller. They weren’t playing in the game; they just wanted to support our program. That’s the kind of kid he is.
“He’s the complete package, offensive and defensively. He’s one of the best defensive infielders I’ve coached. Offensively, he’s at the top of the order. He puts the ball in play and he hits to all fields. He’s also a competitor, which is something you can’t teach. When I talked to college coaches, I told them you didn’t have to worry about this kid working hard.”
Emery said he looked at a variety of schools, but in the end, the University of Findlay just felt right.
“The coaches really made me feel at home,” he said. “It’s also a great campus and I really liked the other players.”
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