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The Florida sunshine sure has it’s benefits.  One of those benefits is being able to play sports all year long.  Some would say that doesn’t matter.  It’s about “God given talent”, and I agree.  I also think practice and reps get you better at anything, and that’s why kids living in FL, GA, TX, AZ, CA and some other southern states have an advantage and are able to play sports in college or the next level, whatever that level may be.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic…kind of.  This is a story about a Tampa kid who is one step closer to his ultimate dream.  The big leagues.  You heard names like Tim Elko, Doug Nikhazy, Eric Kennedy, Scotty Dubrule.  All guys from the Tampa Bay area playing baseball in the College World Series.  Scott Dubrule and his team won the whole thing!

Dubrule is now 23 years old and just got another step closer to his ultimate dream by winning the College World Series in Omaha with his team, the Mississippi State Bulldogs.   He grew up in the Lithia area and attended Newsome High School before transferring to Venice High School in Sarasota County.  After leading Venice to a State title in 2015, Dubrule attended Jacksonville University on a baseball scholarship.  He graduated last year but still had 1 year of eligibility because of the 2020 season being cut short due to COVID 19.  Dubrule entered the transfer portal and ended up at Mississippi State as a graduate transfer.

Scotty says he wants to play at the next level, whether it’s with the Independent League or if he gets drafted and or signs with Major League baseball with the draft starting this Sunday.  I’d say baseball isn’t over yet for the former active hits leader in Division 1 college baseball.

Check out the full interview here in this weeks Baseball Dadz Podcast.