That pressure to compete for a state championship each year is viewed as an advantage by senior pitcher Cole Limbaugh. He believes that expectation of winning every time the team plays is something that will help him when he takes his game to the college level next year.
Limbaugh signed a baseball scholarship with Samford University on Tuesday in the library at Childersburg High School. Limbaugh said he chose Samford because it seemed to be the best fit for him.
“They’re in a great conference,” Limbaugh said. “I like the coaching staff. The campus is beautiful. I like the way their program is going. I think I can make a good impact in that program. I just like where it’s going.”
The Bulldogs finished 2010 with a record of 31-25 under the direction of head coach Casey Dunn. Samford’s staff has signed four players for the 2012 season. In addition to Limbaugh, Dunn and his staff has signed Caleb Dugas, an infielder from Flowood, Miss.; Brandon Haarer, an outfielder from Sarasota, Fla.; and Jared Watson, a catcher from Jacksonville, Fla.
“I am excited to bring these four young men into our program,” Dunn said in a press release. “We do not lose a lot off of this year’s roster and have very few needs for the 2012 season. I believe we have added guys who not only can help us immediately, but will be a solid core to build off of in the future.
“As this season unfolds we should get a clearer picture of how the draft will impact our junior class. Depending on potential losses, we might have to make additions to this recruiting class in the spring.”
Limbaugh made headlines around the state early in his tenure at Childersburg. He was an honorable mention on the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s All-State team as a sophomore in 2009. Limbaugh has played shortstop and pitcher for the Tigers in his time on the team. As a sophomore he batted .376 with two home runs and nine stolen bases. He’s been named to the All-County team as a sophomore and a junior.
“A lot is expected here at Childersburg,” Limbaugh said. “We win state championships. You feel the pressure and it helps you know what people are going to expect at a university like Samford.”
In addition to playing for Childersburg High, Limbaugh has also played travel ball with the Central Alabama Titans. He said his parents, John and Tammy Limbaugh, have made a big impact in his baseball career.
“I’ve played travel ball and they’ve taken me from Georgia to Florida to Tennessee and just all around to get noticed,” he said.
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