To say that Collin Scribner has a passion for baseball would be an understatement. With his coaches often having to remind him to take it easy, Scribner battled his way through two ACL injuries in the last two years.
The senior first baseman soon will have surgery to repair his right anterior cruciate ligament, and on Thursday he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
“[This season] went well for my circumstances,” Scribner said. “I wanted to play and I didn’t want it to be over now. I felt it was a good fit for me and I really like the coach down there. They have several seniors graduating that are built like me.”
With the surgery, Scribner likely will miss fall baseball and he said his chances of being red-shirted are high. He likely will major in kinesiology with hopes of being a baseball and football coach.
Scribner was a dual-sport performer, as he played tight end and defensive end for Aubrey. It was during his junior and senior football seasons when he tore his ACLs on noncontact plays. Last school year he had his left knee repaired, and this year he damaged his right but still gutted it out to play baseball.
“It takes more than just determination,” Aubrey coach Keith Peacock said. “It takes somebody really having a true passion for the game to want to do the things that he had to do. He had to do intense, harsh rehab just to be able to play the game, really, and for the doctor to clear him to play. You couldn’t tell by watching the game that he didn’t have an ACL.”
When Scribner injured his left ACL, he said he was more than upset.
“After the first one, I didn’t know what the ACL was,” Scribner said. “After the second one happened, I knew exactly what it was. Because I love it so much, it was an easy choice.”
With Scribner’s play at first base not requiring as much mobility as a shortstop or center fielder, Peacock said he was more concerned with Scribner’s hitting than his play in the field.
“It took him a while to get used to hitting with a brace on his knee, and at first base, for such a big guy, he’s flexible enough to reach out and scoop a ball,” Peacock said. “When you see big kids like him, you see a powerful swing, but he’s had the quickest hands on my team since he got here his freshman year. There were times during the year when we had to pull off of the power of his swing and not hurt his knees.”
With unstable knees, Scribner was able to produce a .356 batting average for the 7-14 Chaparrals, recording 20 RBIs, four home runs, five doubles and one triple.
“I was really surprised that it didn’t bother me too much,” Scribner said. “I thought about having surgery before and missing [baseball], but I didn’t want to miss and I’m glad I played. I’ve had problems with them for two years now. I’m hoping after this one I won’t have to worry about any pain; I can just play. I’m excited to have them fixed.”
With Peacock coaching Scribner for four years in high school, he has confidence that Scribner will thrive in the college ranks.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play college baseball, and it’s a job on its own,” Peacock said. “It’s the most amazing adventure a kid can take, and he’s the type of kid with enough passion for the game that he can survive. It’s going to be chaos, but he should be fine down there.”