Bailey showcases his way to Union

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Franklin County graduate Brandon Bailey had a standout prep career in baseball, but it was a showcase about a month ago that landed him a college scholarship.

Bailey, who graduated from FCHS last month, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Union College.

"I heard from St. Catharine and Cumberland, but they never seemed to be too interested," Bailey said. "I went on vacation and when I came back I called the coach at St. Catharine, and he'd already signed three catchers."

But Cumberland's coach, Brad Shelton, invited Bailey to a showcase at the school, and it was there he caught the eye of Union coach Bart Osborne.

"I saw Brandon the first week I was here at the Cumberland College showcase," Osborne said. "When I got here I only had one catcher on the roster, so we had a huge need for catchers. I think I was tuned in on catchers more than the other players."

Osborne, who's spent the last six years as an assistant coach at Murray State, has been the head coach at Union for about a month.

"Brandon's not a big physical kid, but he just looks like he loves the game," Osborne said. "He showed a lot of heart, a lot of hustle. He looked like a guy who enjoys putting on the gear and getting behind the plate. That's my kind of kid. He had a lot of energy about him, and that's what made him stand out more than anything else."

This past season Bailey hit .366 for the Flyers with 13 runs batted in, one triple, five doubles and two home runs. He played primarily at catcher but was also an effective pitcher for FCHS.

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