MURRAY— Senior pitcher Garrett Scott has grown considerably since his freshman year on Calloway County’s baseball team in 2015.
So much so that Laker head coach Travis Turner selected Scott as baseball’s nominee for the Murray Ledger & Times Athlete of the Year, which spotlights local athletes who display excellence in the classroom and on the field. Turner recommended Scott because of his precocious maturity and leadership traits that stretch far beyond the baseball field.
“Garrett is one of the finest young men I have ever coached, and he is one of the best men I have ever known, regardless of age,” Turner said. “Garrett has an uncommon level of maturity and wisdom for someone so young, and he possesses the kind of character and work ethic that will make him a success in any path he chooses to pursue in life. He is the kind of man that I hope my sons become some day.”
Scott, a four-year athlete on the baseball team, has watched himself grow from a timid young player to a confident senior leader.
“My leadership skills have evolved because people who don’t know me may think that I am quiet and shy, but once you get to know me, I am not that way,” Scott said. “So, when I first started in the program, I didn’t say very much, I just did my stuff and got on with my day. As the years went on, I became a little more vocal, but the way that I showed leadership is by working as hard as I could each day.”
Scott had to adjust how he led his team this past season, as he battled an early season elbow injury on April 5 that prevented him from pitching for a Calloway team that was depleted at the pitching position for most of the year. Instead of being able to lead by example on the field, he was thrust into the role of encourager.
“After my injury, I contributed in many ways,” Scott said. “I kept the dugout loud during games, I talked to the younger kids who were scared and nervous that they were about to play varsity for the first time, and I counted pitches and talked to coach burns about the pitching.”
Even while dealing with injury, Turner testified to Scott’s mature handling of the unfortunate circumstances, turning a negative into a chance to display his altruism toward his Laker teammates.
“Garrett’s ability to handle his injury was impressive, but not surprising,” Turner said. “He was frustrated, of course, but that frustration was rooted in his inability to help his team. I know it hurt him personally that he couldn’t compete, but he is not one to worry about himself. He has a remarkable ability to connect with his teammates and make the group’s well-being his primary concern. He never missed a game, practice or meeting unless he was receiving therapy for his injury.”
Scott was drawn to baseball at an early age by his dad. He played T-ball growing up and spent time playing for a travel baseball team called the Murray Stingers. Apart from excellence on the diamond, Scott has taken steps to ensure a bright future. He recorded a 3.94 GPA in high school, and currently owns his own business.
“I enjoy doing many things, but the thing I enjoy doing most is working,” Scott said. “I currently have two jobs, and one of them is owning my own lawn care business. I mow around 20 yards. I also work framing houses.”
“Garrett is an exceptional student, and his impact there transcends grades or test scores,” Turner said. “He is a very bright young man, and he performs at a high level in the classroom. But he stands out most as a leader in the school. He is the student that teachers turn to when they need something done, be it in the classroom or in the various service organizations he was a part of. Garrett is well-respected and well-liked by his peers.”
The Lakers finished the season with a record of 11-20, advancing to the first round of the regional tournament before being knocked off by McCracken County. Despite not being able to make the impact on the mound he might have prefered this season, his coach believes his impact on Calloway transcends baseball.
“Garrett’s greatest impact was his presence,” Turner said. “The way that Garrett treats people – with dignity, kindness and respect – is an example for all of our young men on how to act as ballplayers and most importantly, as human beings. It was an honor and a privilege to be his coach.”