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For four seasons, Josh Cummins has played the game of baseball with one goal in mind—to attract the interest of a college baseball coach.
In addition to helping the Grant County High School baseball team win games, Cummins accomplished his goal, earning the attention of Asbury College, Hanover College, Spalding College and Brescia University.
"I always wanted to play college baseball and go as far as I can in the sport. This is a dream come true," Cummins said.
In the end, it was Asbury College that received Cummins' commitment as he signed with coach Lee Rogers last week. The Eagles finished the season with an 18-25 record. The 18 wins are the third-most in school history for Asbury.
Cummins said the fact that Rogers' commitment to stay in touch with him, along with the location of Asbury were major factors in his decision.
"Most players there are freshmen and every position is open. I think I'll have more of an opportunity to play," said Cummins.
As for where he will play, Cummins said, "I'll probably pitch and I hope to play second base or short stop. I'll play anywhere."
Heading into this week's district tournament, Cummins is hitting .400 with 24 runs scored, 27 hits, 23 RBIs, six doubles, an on-base percentage of .530 and a fielding percentage of .918.
As a pitcher, Cummins has started seven games with four victories and a 2.80 ERA.
"Josh has been a leader since he joined us with conditioning after the cross-country season," Grant County High School baseball coach Van Duncan said. "He loves to challenge hitters on the mound and he believes he's going to get a hit every time he steps in the batter's box."
Cummins believes he can step right in and help without dealing with the transition that comes with moving from high school to college.
"I saw some games this year, and the coach thinks I can play," Cummins said.
As for Duncan, he says it will be tough filling the void that Cummins' departure will leave.
"Josh is invaluable to our team and he will be greatly missed next season. He keeps the team loose and is vocal on and off the field. Josh is one of the most important pieces to our team," Duncan said.