Hollingsworth signs with MMC

Friday, June 3, 2011
MCHS slugger Brandon Hollingsworth, surrounded by his family and coaches, signs his scholarship papers to attend Martin Methodist College in Pulaski to play baseball next year. Photo Submitted

Marshall County High School senior Brandon Hollingsworth extended his baseball career at least four more years on Thursday, May 26, when he signed a letter of intent to play at Martin Methodist College.

A two-time All-District selection, Hollingsworth started at first base each of the last two seasons and was one the Tigers' main offensive catalysts during that span.

After playing sparingly as a freshman and sophomore, Hollingsworth made a huge impact for MCHS as a junior and posted a gaudy .449 batting average while leading the team with seven homeruns and 36 RBIs.

Hollingsworth then bettered those numbers in his senior season, as he tallied a team high 11 home runs and 50 RBIs to go along with a .419 batting average and a phenomenal .892 slugging percentage.

"Brandon was always capable of coming in and hitting the long ball. That's what we wanted him to do when we had runners on base and he did that in the second half of the season. He provided us with a lot of offensive firepower," said Marshall County coach Steve Reese. "He was also a good leader and was elected as one of our team captains this year."

Standing 6'3" and weighing 230 pounds, Hollingsworth is projected to play first base at Martin Methodist as well and could also see time as a designated hitter.

"We think Brandon has a good chance to come in and be our DH right way. He will have to adjust to the new BB Core bats and college pitching, but we think he can contribute as a freshman," said Martin Methodist coach Kelly Bratton. "He might bat in the sixth, seventh, or eighth spot next year because we have a good offensive lineup coming back, but physically he's already big enough to play. At one point he hit 11 home runs in 13 games so you can see the potential is there."

Hollingsworth also received interest from UT-Martin and Volunteer State Community College, but chose Martin Methodist because of its close proximity to his family.

"It's closer to home and I want my relatives to see me play," said Hollingsworth. "I have no idea whether I'll get to play as a freshman, but the hardnosed coaching of the Reese boys made me tougher and should help me playing at the college level."

Brandon is also a solid student in the classroom and finished his MCHS career with a 3.3 GPA.