By MARINA WATERS
For David Crockett High School Baseball’s Brodie Fox, Wednesday, April 11 was a dream fulfilled as he signed to continue his academic and athletic career at Milligan College.
“Always as a kid that’s what everybody dreams for,” Fox said. “You know, you think of the bottom of the ninth and coming up big — you just want to play in college and at that next level.”
Fox is a senior outfielder for the Pioneers and plans to join the Milligan Buffalo team in the fall. Though he said it’s been a dream of his to play at the collegiate level, more specifically, he said the team’s potential future is what prompted him to take the college offer and join the Johnson City team.
“Opportunities,” Fox said, “Everyone’s seen all the guys we’ve got. We’re going to be good.”
If you were to ask DCHS Baseball Head Coach Nick Lingerfelt what set Fox apart to compete at the next level, his answer would be simple; it’s all that extra hard work.
“We do a lot of talking about what it’s going to take to get this program to the next level,” Lingerfelt said, “and anytime I leave here, I see people in the building hitting or sneaking into the girls softball cages to hit. I’d say there’s times when his parents are like, ‘where in the world is he at?’ but he’s in the cages, in the barn hitting. That’s what it takes. He’s a leader on this team by his actions. And I’m just really excited for him.”
Though Fox will be trading brown and gold for orange and black come the fall, for now, he’s focused on his final season as a Crockett Pioneer.
The boys in brown recently clinched their first conference win of the season the day before Fox’s signing where they claimed the 13-12 win against Cherokee High School in the sixth inning. And that win is one Fox is hoping the team can feed off of as they continue their season.
“Right now we’ve just got to get things going,” Fox said. “We got that big conference win last night. We’ve just got to capitalize on that.”
But it hasn’t only taken a team mentality and work in the cages for Fox to get to his signing day; it’s also taken patience.
When asked what obstacles he’s had to overcome to get to signing day, the senior outfielder quickly said the ankle injury that put him on the sideline was a roadblock.
“That injury that happened, I had to sit out for I don’t know how long,” Fox said. “It just killed me. It was a really, really bad ankle sprain. I pulled some tendons in my ankle and couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t completely back until like a month and a half. It was a while.”
But now, Fox is ready to continue the work and wrap up his senior season with his team before joining his fellow Milligan Buffaloes, which are days that, according to his Crockett head coach, will be his best yet.
“Brodie is always here and working to improve,” Lingerfelt said. “But Brodie’s best baseball days I think are ahead of him.”