Hannibal High School senior Colton Brown signed his national letter of intent Monday afternoon to play baseball at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Hannibal High School senior Colton Brown signed his national letter of intent Monday afternoon to play baseball at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

The Courier-Post caught up with the pitcher after the ceremony.

Courier-Post: Can you describe your emotions today and what it's like to sign to play baseball for your hometown university?

Colton Brown: “I really don't know, I'm kind of speechless right now. Being able to stay here with my family and the great coaches at HLG all the way through the athletic department, it's just amazing.”

What was it about Hannibal-LaGrange that made you comfortable committing there?

“Opportunity. As soon as I saw HLG, I knew I could get a chance to play at the next level. They came to me with open hands and it was awesome.” 

What do you know about the team you're joining? 

“They're kind of having a couple down years right now, but it's all a rebuilding process just like the high school team. We started off slow but we picked it up. It's more about the team and hopefully we can get that going at HLG. If you get a team full of guys that actually come together, it's trouble.” 

You still have your senior season at Hannibal High School. What are your goals for the Pirates this coming spring? 

“I want to go get the NCMC (North Central Missouri Conference). That was our goal in soccer. That's what you've got to have, that one goal, and if we stick to it we can go get it.”

How do you think you've elevated your game as a pitcher? 

“My dad as a coach, Deanie Waelder as a coach, anybody throughout the American Legion, anybody throughout the high school, just looked up to a lot of those guys and they gave me a lot of good pointers. Last year one of my biggest influences was (former teammate) Scot Roberts. He really helped me along the way to get me to where I needed to be. When I step on the mound, it's kind of a bulldog mentality. I don't fear anybody but just go straight after them.”

What are you going to major in at HLGU? 

“Sports and recreation management.”

What do you expect it to be like once you step on campus next year to join the Trojans?

“It's going to be crazy, overwhelming, I think, but I just need to settle in and I'll be alright.”

Has it been a lifelong dream of yours to play college baseball?

“As soon as I stepped on the field with all my friends, going from Wyatt (Waelder), Lucas (Brown), all my blood brothers, it's just been a dream. Looking at players at the next level, I want to be them. I just want to shout out to all my teammates because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here.”