Coal Ridge’s Brown bound for Doane College
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Ever since he was 7 years old playing youth baseball in Rifle, Korbyn Brown has dreamed of playing baseball in college.
The Coal Ridge High School senior will realize that dream at Doane College in Crete, Neb., where he’ll suit up for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school’s baseball team. Brown will be Coal Ridge’s first student to play baseball in college.
And he’s chosen a quality program.
“It’s a good baseball program,” Brown said. “I think they’re actually in the playoffs this year.”
Doane is indeed in the playoffs. The 36-17 squad opens the NAIA tournament today against the University of Texas-Brownsville.
The program’s prestige certainly played a role in Brown’s decision.
“The coach seemed to know what he was talking about,” Brown said. “I met a couple of their players and they seemed to love the game and were looking to build a program because they weren’t so good until their current head coach came in. Every year, it seemed like they were improving the program in one way or another.”
Brown, who primarily played third base for Coal Ridge this season, said he’ll likely man either shortstop or second base in Crete, though he’s open to playing anywhere.
“I told him I could play anywhere,” he said. “He told me he likes that and will definitely utilize that … I’ve played a little bit of every position, but I definitely feel like I’m a better middle infielder than anything.”
Brown is leaving behind a program that’s still forging its baseball identity. After a 1-18 campaign in 2010, the Titans won five games in 2011.
“We’re definitely building,” Brown said. “We’re starting a tradition and leaving a legacy. We have a good young core coming in. Last year, we had like 20 guys come out for baseball. This year, it was 32 or something like that. I definitely feel like we have a good group coming in.”
Brown will undoubtedly chart Coal Ridge’s future success from afar, as he kicks off a new phase of his young life.
“It’s definitely going to be a new experience,” he said. “I’ve lived on this side of the Western Slope all my life.”
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