Recent Columbia Academy graduate Patrick Gill is heading to college to play baseball.
Gill, a catcher, will play at Southwest Mississippi Community College after receiving a scholarship offer last week while playing travel ball. Through eight games with CA this spring, Gill was 4-for-19 with 5 RBI. As a junior, he hit .217 with four doubles and threw out five base runners behind the dish.
Gill, who was also an all-state linebacker in football for the Cougars, had received college interest on the gridiron, but concussions prevented him from being able to pursue it. The concussions actually were affecting his senior year of baseball as well before the pandemic and were keeping him from playing behind the dish. Instead he played some outfield and batted as the DH.
Gill’s dad, Robbie, said Gill also had a pineal cyst in his brain that coupled with his concussions was affecting his schooling. Robbie Gill said the pandemic was actually the best thing that could’ve happened for his son because it allowed him the time to heal and get cleared again. Gill was having to go three days a week to Jackson for cognitive therapy.
Southwest was 6-9 this season before it was canceled because of the pandemic.