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Hernando grad Lawson headed for Prague

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Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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On Friday, recent Hernando graduate Brandon Lawson will board a plane headed for Europe.

He won't be going just for a leisurely vacation, however, as he'll play for a United States Specialty Sports Association national team at Prague Baseball Week.

Lawson was chosen for the team in January, prior to his senior season with the Leopards in which he went 11-0 with a 0.27 earned run average.

The right-hander permitted just six runs (three earned) in 78.2 innings, striking out 128 batters against nine walks.

Lawson, a USF signee, said he was contacted by the New York Mets in the 17th round of this month's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, though he informed the team he intended to go to college.

It was through playing with his travel team, FTB Mizuno, that Lawson earned the invite to take part in the international event that will take him to the Czech Republic.

"I'm pretty excited," Lawson said. "The draft didn't work out. I'm ready for USF, and this has been a while that I've been waiting on this.

"I'm just hoping to showcase my talents. I think there'll be pro scout over there. And I'll do the best I can for my country. Whatever helps my team win, that's what I'm going to do."

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