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Locust Grove's Brown signs baseball scholarship to Mercer

Dawson Brown must believe in keeping it in the family.

The Locust Grove right-handed pitcher announced Friday his plans to attend Mercer University on a baseball scholarship.

Once he steps on campus, Brown will become the third generation from his family to attend the private school in Macon.

"I always knew they went to Mercer, so I wanted to continue the tradition," Brown said.

It helped Brown's decision that Mercer has had success on the baseball diamond at the Division I level.

Last year, Mercer went 38-24 with a trip to the NCAA Regionals at Georgia Tech.

The hard-throwing pitcher began his high school career at Union Grove before helping start the baseball program at Locust Grove High School last year.

Mercer will have to wait a year for Brown to join the team. He still has one more season of high school baseball to think about.

Brown and his teammates got off to a fast start, finishing their first season with an impressive 13-9 record in 2009. That first campaign included four wins in a row to end the year.

"When I came here, we didn't have any seniors, so I knew we were going to have a young team, but we did good, I think we suprised a lot of people," Brown said.

Brown is the second member of the team to sign a baseball scholarship this week.

Seth Lucio signed a scholarship to Tennessee Tech on Thursday.

Head coach Stephen Phillips, said having a player of Brown's ablity in the line up was just what the program needed to get off to the winning start a year ago.

"Here's a kid I never met before, he comes out and he just got in the groove, and he ended up winning the region pitcher of the year. Whenever coaches around the region see what he means to the team, that says enough right there."

Brown has some clear cut goals for his final season of baseball at Locust Grove.

I want to win region and get a state championship," Brown said.

The Mercer-bound pitcher and the Locust Grove baseball team get things started on February 23 against Walnut Grove.