Brad Grinstead is one step closer to living a dream.
The 2007 Moffat County High School graduate, a four-year letterman on the Bulldog varsity baseball team, is taking his skills to the collegiate level in mid-August.
Hendrix College, in Conway, Ark., is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, a National Col-legiate Athletic Association Division-III.
Major League Baseball scouts have approached Grinstead throughout his career through high school and Connie Mack League play.
"More than anything, it wasn't to get me drafted right away, but to get a couple of years of collegiate experience before pursuing the majors," Grinstead said.
The third baseman needs to look no further than his own dugout for life in "The Show" --volunteer coach Harry "Junior" Herndon pitched for the San Diego Padres after being drafted out of MCHS.
"He has been very influential in both my playing career and life in general," Grinstead said.
The two used long bus drives to talk about Bulldog baseball and pursuing a career in America's pastime.
"I asked him how far he wanted to go in his baseball career," Herndon said. "I have seen him mature and grow as a man. He is very well recognized as a good person in the community, and he gets good grades."
Grinstead officially signed his letter of intent during spring break and admits that, while his family supported him, ultimately the decision was his.
"I was pretty excited. I finally decided it was more of a relief to me than anyone else. It basically came down to where I could best further my career, and the school and weather in Arkansas seemed like a good fit."
Brad is the oldest child of Buddy and Tammy. Sister Kelsey will be a sophomore at MCHS in the fall.
A Craig resident since the age of two, Grinstead points to his birth city of Steamboat Springs as motivation for the Bulldogs versus Sailors rivalry.
He fondly recalled hitting at least one home run in each league contest.
"It's a great feeling to look up at the scoreboard and see them walk off after another loss," he said.
Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org