Baseball standout Collins looks back on stellar career

Isi Ativie, Contributor

In the last four seasons, senior infielder Brandon Collins has been a solid and explosive player by increasing his performance on the baseball diamond.

Collins started his first two collegiate baseball seasons at Moraine Valley Community College. He recorded a .400 batting average with 58 base hits, two home runs and 20 stolen bases during the 2012 season with the Cyclones.

Collins transferred to Lewis in August 2013, where he struggled during his first year and started in only six games, having six hits and two runs before suffering injuries that ended his 2014 season.

“I have come back from two ACL surgeries and redshirted twice throughout my years in undergraduate,” said Collins. “I have been relentless and have overcome quite a bit of adversity. Those surgeries have been the main source of my drive to become the best.”

Collins would eventually have a better season in 2015 when he appeared in 40 starts out of 42 total games.

Collins led the Flyers in triples, doubles and stolen bases that season. He also finished with a .327 batting average and recorded .344 for the 2016 season, leading the team in 16 stolen bases while starting in 33 games.

His stats earned him a spot on the All-GLVC second team after the 2016 season.

“To be a top player on the team, it takes a lot more than talent. It takes confidence, positivity, mental toughness, and hard work,” said Collins. “To be a top player on any type of team, you must not be overconfident or cocky.”

He’s currently placed as sixth in the GLVC with the highest batting average of .396 and has the highest individual stats on the team this season.

“The reason I am performing so well this year is because I realize that you can never take this game for granted,” said Collins. “It can be taken away from you in a split second. This has caused me to play loose and have fun. When it comes down to it, this is just a game.”

Collins is ready to graduate after this spring semester with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and psychology. He plans to become an athletic trainer in the future.

“Being a part of the Lewis baseball team has been such a blessing for me,” Collins said. “The people have made this experience great. I have made so many friends and connections because of this. My coaches and teammates have affected my life in such a positive way, and I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else.”

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