Bulldog ball: Moffat County’s Adain Wilmot signs with college-level baseball program
For about two-thirds of his life, Adain Wilmot has made a name for himself on the baseball diamond. And, this week, the Moffat County High School signed the paperwork to ensure he’ll keep going strong in the sport.
Wilmot signed his letter of intent Tuesday to play for The Complete Showcase, a program for recent high school graduates to demonstrate their skill and build on it as they also further their education.
Wilmot, who graduates MCHS in May, will attend Texas’s Collin College, a community college north of Dallas, on scholarship.
“It’ll be nice to be in the city, but I’m a little nervous about it,” he said. “I’m really glad to be able to keep going in baseball and not leave it behind.”
He is hoping to work his way up to an NCAA Division I program and hopefully even higher, though if he were to make it as far as professional ball, he has no definite preference on what team.
“Any one. I don’t want to be picky,” he said.
Wilmot had also pursued the possibility of staying on the Western Slope and competing for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. His mother, Shannon Moore, said she might have preferred that as well.
“This is a great fit for him to be able to pursue baseball for a year, but for me it’s really scary since it’s not next door in Junction,” she said. “It makes me nervous, but it’s good to see him get out on his own and flourish.”
Still, she likes the options TCS offers, including scouting and more intensive training.
“One great thing is he’ll be able to play year-round, they’ve got the weather for it and the facilities,” she said. “The program is about helping them focus on baseball. They really want to beef him up and have him gain muscle.”
Wilmot attended tryouts for TCS earlier this year in Denver and heard back almost immediately that he had been accepted.
He spent his childhood traveling regularly for baseball tournaments, including being part of a state champion team when he was 11.
He has played varsity ball for the Bulldogs the past three years, working at multiple positions on the field, including pitching, last year holding a 5.17 earned run average complete with 23 strikeouts in 10 games on the mound.
He also led the team in batting average with a .509 and led in stolen bases.
New coach Brian Jennings said he has been impressed with Wilmot’s capabilities during practices.
“He’s a heck of a player and definitely has those abilities to succeed,” he said. “I think he can do really well if he puts his mind to it.”
The Bulldogs’ spring season is scheduled to begin this Saturday on the road against Middle Park in Granby. Their first home game is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 13 against Rangely at the Craig Middle School field, pending good weather and field conditions.
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