Mere days after the South Carolina Gamecocks lost consecutive games to Arizona in the College World Series, former Fighting Scots pitcher and first baseman Curt Britt will travel to Columbia for his freshman orientation, the first step to beginning his college baseball career. Move-in day is set for July 1st, and Britt will room with three other players as he prepares to begin his new life in a new city.
But as he plans his departure, the accolades Britt has earned for his banner Scotland career only continue to grow, with two more awards recently announced that he can add to his mantle. For the third year in a row, Britt was named to the Fayetteville Observer’s First Team All-Region baseball team after making it to the publication’s Second Team All-Region in his freshman year of high school. And as a multi-positional player, Britt was also named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger High School First Team All-American baseball team, which selects the top talent from around the country.
“It’s a big confidence boost to receive this type of recognition when I’m about to enter a much higher level of competition,” said Britt, who will likely split time between the middle of the batting lineup and the bullpen when the baseball season resumes in 2013. “Recognition helps to get my name out there in lights for professional scouts and colleges to see, but it’s also up to me to show and prove as I move forward with my career.”
The Fayetteville Observer chose Britt as one of it’s 12 First Team selections, from a pool of 14 surrounding counties and their respective high schools. On the national stage, Britt was one of only two North Carolina athletes out of 33 multi-positional players from throughout the U.S. to be named a Louisville Slugger High School First Team All-American, joining pitcher and outfielder Ty Buttrey from Providence High School out of Charlotte. Just over 100 pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders and multi-positional players from around the country were selected to the First Team. Britt was the recipient of the honor twice this year, making both the preseason and postseason teams.
In his senior season, Britt batted .390 with 22 RBIs, two home runs and eight doubles. As the anchor of the starting pitching rotation, Britt logged a total of 56 innings pitched and managed a 0.48 ERA with 70 strikeouts, allowing just eight total walks and holding opposing hitters to a .120 batting average.
“It makes me feel blessed, and I will always remember my high school playing days and the awards I’ve received regardless of where I go from here,” said Britt, who was also a four time 4-A SEC All-Conference player, and a three time All-Region and All-State player as well. Britt was also the unanimous selection for the 4-A SEC conference MVP in 2012.
“Hopefully I can continue racking up the awards as a Gamecock, but time will only tell,” he said.
While he has enjoyed his post-graduation vacation time, Britt’s dedication to off-season workouts has yet to waver. In addition to a daily weight training, running and swimming regime, Britt has also incorporated a new power workout into his repetitions utilizing an eight-pound sledgehammer.
“I swung that thing three times and about passed out,” said father Tommy Britt, who recently resigned as the Fighting Scots head baseball coach after a 20-year stint. “Curt’s working extremely hard to better himself, and despite being a small fish in a big pond next year, I think he’ll be up for the challenge.”