SUN VIDEO: Linton Wraps up Special Run as a Blue Devil by Signing College Commitment

GENESEO — Brian Linton, a senior at Geneseo High School, graduates this month after an incredible stretch at Geneseo Central School in athletics, academics and community service. The three-sport standout’s hard work paid off earlier this year when he signed his letter of intent to join the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins in December.

He is the definition of a well rounded student-athlete, known for his leadership on and off the field. He participates in student council, he is the Class President, member of the National Honor Society and many other clubs. He is the winner of the Havey E. Anderson Scholarship which is ‘awarded annually to students who participate in Section V sports, have been diligent in academic and athletic endeavors, and exhibit self-motivation and extraordinary effort. Applicants need not be the best natural athletes or scholars, but should demonstrate 110 percent effort in studies and chosen sports’ and Linton displays all of those characteristics.

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Blue Jays baseball is one of the most highly regarded division 3 baseball programs in the country. They are regularly nationally ranked and this year made it as high as the number 2 seed in the country.

“We have a lot of great guys coming in. It’ll be a lot of hard work but a lot of fun. I’m excited,” said Linton on playing collegiate baseball.

Linton started playing sports when he was about 4 years old. He says at first he didn’t love baseball but a few years down the road in coach-pitch he really began to fall in love with the game.

As he learned to love the game, he racked up quite the stat sheet. He comes well qualified for Blue Jay’s Baseball, he is a three-year varsity shortstop/pitcher, where he logged 70 games for the Geneseo Blue Devils along with 20 appearances on the mound and 9 starts. On the mound, he is a career 8-3 with a 1.69 ERA (Earned Run Average). In 74.2 innings pitched he has 121 strike outs equaling about 1.6 strike outs an inning. He is a lifetime .428 hitter, finishing up his best batting year hitting .446. He has a career 98 hits 86 RBI’s and 6 home runs. Winning a Sectional Championship and playing in the State Finals as a sophomore.

“Brian is a phenomenal athlete,” said Geneseo Head Baseball Coach Nick Drollette. “Since he was a little kid he has excelled at baseball and has always been super dedicated to the sport. I remember him coming up to be a team manager for me in 7th grade and he would play catch with me like he was a varsity kid.”

“The way he approaches a practice session is different than kids are used to seeing,” said Drollette. “Everything is with a purpose and he self critiques his actions to help better himself. The younger kids notice that and it’s helped to raise the level of performance. Freshmen will stop what they’re doing to watch him take batting practice. It’s fun to watch how in awe they are, not because of some amazing power but just based on how professional he acts. “
“He has been a rock in our program these past few years and we are really sorry to see him go but excited for what’s to come,”said Drollette. “Brian’s a special student, athlete and leader.”

Linton tore it up on the baseball diamond but he is a three-sport varsity athlete playing baseball, basketball and soccer.

He is a 2-year member of the varsity Basketball team playing 40 games and being a member of the 2016-2017 Sectional Champion team. Linton is also a 3-year member of the soccer team where he had a breakout year winning the Sectional Championship, being named the Sectional MVP, and scoring 5 goals 1 assist all his senior year. Linton has 5 sectional patches (3 for soccer, 1 for basketball, and 1 for baseball).

Linton, always the team player, attributes his own success to the support and positive pressure from his fellow athletes.

“The group of guys in my class across the board,” said Linton. “I’m not the only person who has seen success; Mitch Walton in soccer and hockey, Kyle Rollins in everything he does, Jake Young had a awesome year in baseball, Jack Ryan was dominated on the football field. When we were younger we weren’t all on the same team and we had to play against each other. The fact that we are all still competing, pushing each other I think really brought the best out of each other.”