Area player travels to St. Pete, comes back a champion

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2000

If you want to succeed in life, you must sacrifice to achieve that goal.

For Brad Horn, that means practicing baseball 3-4 hours each day, and playing ball games each weekend, year- round.

Growing up on the Greenville Parks and Recreation teams, Brad has always loved baseball, and says that his dream is to "Someday coach high school baseball."

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The 21-year-old son of two educators, Peggy (Greenville High School) and Kenny (Greenville Middle School) Horn, Brad has taken an interest in following the family tradition (although he always said in the past that he would not) and is majoring in education at Huntington College in Montgomery.

But, besides maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, the college senior plays second baseman for Huntington's baseball team.

This means that he must practice baseball 3-4 hours each day, and there is a game to be played every weekend.

When asked about the rigorous start of the next school year, Horn stated "I really don't have much time to get adjusted to the new school year, because we start practice two weeks after school opens."

"We play ball all year long," he went on, "And we are only off two times a year:

Christmas and Easter."

With a record of 30 wins and 15 losses, Huntington College was invited to the National Small College

World Series by the host team, Florida College.

The category of "small college" means that the school has 1,000 or fewer students enrolled.

A total of six teams from across the country attended the invitational tournament:

Apprentice College (Newport News, Va.), Concordia (Selma), Florida College , Huntington College (Montgomery), National Christian University (Texas), and St. Mary's (Michigan).

The tournament, held at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays practice facility in St. Petersburg, Fla., was a double-elimination event.

On May 8, Huntington beat Apprentice 13-1; later that day they

beat Florida College 3-1.

Then on May 10 while still undefeated, Huntington played Florida College again in the championship game, and again beat them a second time by a score of 8-5.

Besides winning the World Series, Brad was chosen for the "National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) All-American team" as second baseman and also selected to the NSCAA "All-tournament team".

These two awards were selected by votes from all

the coaches, using statistics from

stolen bases, batting averages, RBI's, etc.

Travel is another key factor in Brad's routine, as he has gone to places as far off as New Orleans, Mississippi, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, and Georgia.

Brad said he is not sure if he is being scouted by the pros (But it is probably a sure bet that he is).

When asked for advice to give to other young aspiring athletes, Brad said, "Follow your dreams, and keep determined."

As for his plans for the upcoming school semester, Brad said he is "Wishing to have the best season ever as a senior."