Perry Central’s star player, pitcher Braxton Cottongame, who was recently drafted in the 40th round of the 2018 MLB Draft has decided that he will still go on to play college baseball for the University of Kentucky.

“I feel pretty good about playing at UK,” said Cottongame.

Even though he plans to play at UK, Cottongame did say it felt amazing to be drafted by the Indians.

“I went up there in the winter and did a workout for them and stuff and that was pretty cool,” said Cottongame.

Cottongame said that he was a courtesy draft pick and that he told officials with the Indians the he already planned to go play at UK to be able to become a better pitcher and be drafted in a higher round sometime in the future.

Cottongame’s journey to UK has been a long road filled with hard work, but his coach said he deserves it all.

“He’s just always worked hard towards baseball, and that’s been his goal to go on to UK and maybe even further. He has his goals and his sights set on what his future is and he’s just been great to coach,” said Perry Central coach Bobby Dixon.

Dixon said that one of his favorite memories of coaching Cottongame involved a game that the Commodores played against Harrison County.

“He threw a no hitter against Harrison County, and that doesn’t happen often,” said Dixon. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. It was great coaching him. He can go as far as he wants to go.”

Cottongame said one of his favorite memories with his team involved a game he played his junior year against Harlan, were he, along with two other players, hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.

“I feel like my team and myself, we both had a good season, even though we didn’t make it to state. I’m going to miss playing high school,” said Cottongame.

Cottongame said that he is currently keeping in regular touch with his coaches at UK, and they have sent him a summer workout program to prepare for practicing with the team in the fall.

Cottongame plans to move onto campus in August and begin practice shortly after.

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