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Timmons at ease behind the plate or the mic


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Brooks Timmons feels fortunate. He already knows what he wants to do with his life. In fact, hes already doing it.

Timmons, who graduated from Hernando High this month, has hopes of earning a degree in broadcasting or meteorology.

To that end, he has spent the past year co-hosting the Naturecoast Morning News show with Mike Reeves, running from 6 to 9 a.m. on WWJB 1450 AM and WXJB 99.9 FM.

He managed to turn an internship at the local radio station through school into a weekly five-day gig.

Ive always wanted to be on television, Timmons said. Radio is not necessarily where I want to be in the future, but Ive gotten a lot out of it.

While hes building up that career, he still has some business left on the baseball diamond. He has signed with South Georgia State College out of Douglas, Ga.

Its a really cool town, similar to Brooksville, Timmons said. But really the campus up there, its a junior college but it has a big college feel. The facilities and the campus itself really pulled me in and made my decision a lot easier.

Timmons has spent the past two seasons mostly starting at first base on the varsity level, after playing the majority of the time on JV as an underclassman.

He hit .272 this year, with 16 runs batted in and 16 runs scored. As a junior he posted a .286 average with a couple home runs and 16 RBI.

During each of his four years within the program, Hernando advanced to at least the Elite Eight.

One thing that stood out about Timmons was his willingness to sacrifice for the team. His natural position is catcher, a spot that was filled regularly by teammate Jake Johnson.

As a backstop, Timmons was tabbed to participate in the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. back in January. But he was forced to make the transition to a corner infielder in order to crack the Leopards lineup.

I dont regret a thing I did, Timmons said. I really love Hernando. The coaching staff is great. I really tried focusing on staying in control with a lot of different coaches and in the end it paid off.

During the preseason in February, Hernando played two games up in Palatka, including one against Green Cove Springs-Clay.

Some coaches from South Georgia happened to be in attendance and saw him rap a few hits off Dane Dunning, who was taken in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last weekend.

Soon after, a connection was built through Hernando assistant coach Matt Blanton, who has friends on the South Georgia coaching staff.

Eventually Timmons paid a visit to the campus, took a tour, worked out with the team and spoke with the coach. That led to the scholarship offer he accepted.

He had some flirtations with Lake-Sumter Community College, Flagler College and a few junior colleges, but South Georgia won him over.

The Tigers finished up this past season 22-35. However, they posted winning marks the previous two years.

Its a really good program, Timmons said. The coaches are very well-educated when it comes to baseball. Theyre a bit younger, so they relate to the players well.

From what I understand, this year they have a very good team so Im excited to get up there.

South Georgia wants him as a catcher and third baseman, a position he also played at Hernando.

I want to be starting all the games I can, Timmons said. Ive got to work my way up. Im going to really focus on going to the weight room. Its going to be really big for me to stay in shape and get stronger.

Meanwhile he plans to initially study political science until moving on to his preferred major at a bigger school.

Whether he eventually ends up in front of a camera or behind a microphone, for now Timmons is pleased hell get to continue to step up to the plate.

I started playing when I was 3 or 4 over at the Hernando Youth League and its something I always wanted to do, Timmons said of playing college baseball.

After two years Ill transfer, hopefully to a D-I school, and hopefully get drafted after that. Ill keep working hard and see what the future holds.

By the numbers: Brooks Timmons





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