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Cardinal standout finally picks his college home, Christian Brothers

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Ten years ago Brian Oswalt was a fresh-face coach racing through his native Mississippi trying to land a college home for his first standout Brighton Cardinal.
Hunter Scott signed with Itawamba Community College back 2004. Over the past decade, more Cardinals signed to colleges like The University of Memphis and West Alabama University. On Monday afternoon in the Brighton High School Lobby, Oswalt witnessed his last player to signed under his guidance in Colby Poston.
“With Hunter it was kind of weird,” Oswalt recalled. “We signed him in Mississippi because we were playing there. He ended up at Itawamba. The whole process of that from the beginning, it was real weird how it all transpired. We went down there and he loved the place.
“With Colby, he had several places he wanted to visit,” he added. “It was a little bit different process with him. But at the end they’re all good.”
Before stepping down from his post as Brighton’s Skipper, Oswalt was a part of 40 signing concluding with Poston’s inking a letter of intent to Christian Brothers University.
The lead-off specialist was joined by his parents Audrey and Jason Poston. Also in attendance was his sister, former Lady Cardinal Softball standout Haley Franks.
“I’m just glad he finally made a decision,” Audrey acknowledged. “This offer came back in the fall. He held off waiting to see (about) others. He had other offers coming in. I’m in the background trying to be quiet and worried its all going to pass him by if he doesn’t make a decision. I’m just thrilled he finally made a decision. I’m very happy with his choice.”
Poston’s choice will take him to Memphis to joined Phil Goodwin’s Bucs and major in Biology to pursue Pre-Med.
“I had other schools I was still looking at,” Colby recalled. “I wanted to see what other offers I would get. Christian Brothers ended up having the best offer for me.
“It was the best option for me,” he continued. “That (the academics) helped in me making that big step. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches. They put my name out there and helped out with that a lot.”
The last three seasons Oswalt and his staff put Poston in positions to succeed. He batted lead off and played all over the field.
“Colby’s been one of those guys who has always been a hard worker for me,” Oswalt said. “He’s really worked hard to get the starting position the last three years. As a  sophomore he has came in and been great as a position player and a hitter.
“He’s a hard-nose guy,” he added. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s one of these guys who wants to always do a little bit better. They’re going to get a great player and make a great player out of him.”
In his senior campaign, Poston was one of the leaders for the Cardinals reaching Regionals. He batted .444 with 47 hits. Poston added 26 stolen bases and drove in 22 runs form his lead-off position. He displayed some pop in his bat with 2 home runs.
Poston batted .435 in the postseason while earning All-District 13-3A regular season and tournament honors.
“Pressure really doesn’t get to me like most kids,” Poston said. “You just have to go out and play ball like always.”
On the big stage with some of his best peers, Poston was named the co-MVP of the recent West Tennessee All-Star Game.
“He came in knowing what he had to do,” Audrey said. “He knew coming into high school what he needed to do, and he did it. To get where he was at and the last couple of years has shown that.”
Jason said the stats speak volumes for his son reaching the NCAA Division II level of baseball.
“It means a lot to us because that’s what we set out to do when he was little, to get him to college,” he said. “So he can play at that level. But more importantly he could use baseball as a tool to earn a four-year degree. That’s the big thing with him going to Christian Brothers using baseball to get a high-level degree.”
The little boy who grew up in Brighton and started playing the game at the age of 5 has selected his next baseball home. But before departing the home of the Cardinals, Poston and his classmates put Brighton Baseball back on the map.
“We came into this year we were really excited,” he said. “We felt like we had our best team in the four years that I’ve been here. We had Colton on the hill all the time. He’s D-I, Memphis, Mr. Big Time. We just felt like we had a better team this year. It did start off rough. But we got tired losing and we all got together and pulled through.”
The Cardinals have enjoyed several winning seasons and trips to Regionals the past 10 years under Oswalt. And among the dozens who signed, the names Hunter Scott and Colby Poston will be the bookends of Oswalt’s time at BHS.
“I hate that he couldn’t have more going through,” Poston concluded. “But he has other stuff on his mind dealing with family and everything. I’m glad I was his last one.”

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