Bush signs with Chattanooga State

Friday, June 22, 2012
Marshall County senior Brandon Bush (front row, center) signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Chattanooga State Community College last Thursday. Also pictured with Brandon are (front row, left to right) mother Sherri Bush, father Scot Bush, (back row, left to right) Chattanooga State head coach Greg Dennis, and brother Connor Bush.

Despite using up his eligibility at Marshall County High School, senior baseball player Brandon Bush will remain a Tiger for two more years after signing a letter of intent to play with the Chattanooga State Community College Tigers last Thursday while making a visit to their campus.

A three-year starter at catcher for MCHS, Bush was one of Marshall County's main offensive catalyst's during that time and earned All-District honors his senior season.

As a sophomore, Bush posted an impressive .348 batting average and belted three homeruns to go along with six doubles and 15 RBI.

In 2011, Bush turned in a solid junior campaign and recorded a .323 batting average, nine doubles, one triple, two homeruns, and 16 RBI.

During his senior season, Bush took his game to another level, as he finished with a team best .430 batting average, a .492 on base percentage, and a .673 slugging percentage , while tallying nine doubles, four triples, three homeruns, and a team high 37 RBI to help lead MCHS to a 26-10 record and the District 12-AA championship.

Bush was also a standout behind the plate for Marshall County this past year and threw out 22 of 36 opposing base runners on steal attempts.

"I think Brandon will be a good addition for Chattanooga State. He is a real hard worker and I think he will develop into a fine catcher for them," said MCHS coach Steve Reese. "Brandon is a power hitter so there are some adjustments he'll have to make in college, but I'll think he'll make them and have a chance to compete for the starting catcher position."

Although he will be joining a Chattanooga State program that has recorded nine straight winning seasons, highlighted by a trip to the Junior College World Series in 2010, CSCC coach Greg Dennis believes Bush has a chance to receive early playing time because of his hitting prowess.

"We know that he's been very, very good offensively for (Marshall County). He'll have to make an adjustment at this level, but we think he has the potential to be a productive offensive player for us," said Dennis. "Defensively, he has a transition to make, but he's a big, strong kid and we know that he's going to work hard to get better. We've got two other catchers back there, but we wouldn't have brought him in if we didn't think he could play for us. We haven't marked a guy to start for us so whoever makes the quickest adjustment will get to play."

Bush also received interest from UT-Martin, Columbia State, and Motlow State among several other schools before choosing to sign with Chattanooga State.

"I just liked it there and it feels like a good fit for me. I like the campus and I like it in Chattanooga," said Bush. "I feel that I'm going to enjoy it there and am going to become a better player there. He's got two catchers coming back, but it's an open competition. I feel like I have a chance to play there if I work hard."

Brandon is a solid student in the classroom as well and finished his MCHS academic career with a 3.3 grade point average. Along with being a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Bush also received the Elks Ray Tate Memorial Scholarship, the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, and the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth Scholarship.