COLLEGE BASEBALL: Former Tiger provides the Edge at Santa Fe
Santa Fe College’s baseball team has put together another fine regular season this year with 33 wins already to date. The No. 2 ranked squad in the nation has received a boost from several different players, including outfielder Brock Edge, who tallied four hits in Saturday’s 16-9 win over Daytona State.
The hard-hitting standout from Lake City has been a cog in the batting lineup thus far, toting a .337 batting average and 22 RBI, fourth most on the team.
He’s part of a dynamic freshmen class at Santa Fe, a group that has the Saints in good position to repeat as Mid-Florida Conference champs. Edge says he loves competing at the junior college level, playing alongside his new baseball brethren.
“So far it’s exceeded my expectations,” he said of the transition from high school. “The pitching is a lot better than I’d ever imagined it would be at a junior college. The teams we play are actually really good. I never expected [competition] to be at this high of a level.”
It hasn’t taken Edge long to adjust to the learning curve. He went 3 for 4 with two home runs in Friday night’s win over Seminole State College. A month earlier, he became the first Saint in nearly a decade to hit for the cycle versus Kalamazoo.
“It was crazy,” he said of the feat. “I actually didn’t really think about it until I hit the triple. One of my buddies almost tried to jinx me, he said ‘hey man, you should try to hit a double.’ I told him you can’t say that aloud. It was crazy, it was almost surreal.”
Edge has made a name for himself within a short time at Santa Fe. His early success was no guarantee, though, entering college after tearing his ACL his senior year.
The former two-sport star at Columbia suffered the gruesome injury during a soccer game and was forced to miss his final high school baseball season. After about eight months of physical therapy, Edge grabbed a bat and strapped on his cleats.
But it took even more time after that, he says, before he felt like his old self again.
“It was actually really tough,” he said of the recovery. “In the fall [season], I just struggled quite a bit with the running and hadn’t seen pitching for like a whole year. It was really tough, but near the end I started catching my groove again…I feel like I was back to where I was at the start of spring.”
Edge says he’s considering a career in pharmacy and hopes to transfer to a bigger baseball program once he’s done at Santa Fe. The Saints have a track record of sending guys to the next level, and Edge is working hard to be in next spring’s signee group.
“Hopefully I’ll stay here for another year and move on to Division I or Division II school and then just finish out my bachelor’s degree.”