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Sam Scroggs is one of a large number of student athletes on the USC Salkehatchie campus.

Sam Scroggs is one of a large number of student athletes on the USC Salkehatchie campus. USC Salkehatchie seemed like the perfect fit for Sam Scroggs when he graduated from Williston-Elko High School in 2009 – small classes, strong academics, and the chance to play college baseball.

“I liked Salk because it’s sort of the small-town atmosphere,” he says. “The smaller classes mean it’s easier to focus , it’s close to home, and I like the baseball program here a lot too.”

Sam, who lives with his parents on the outskirts of Blackville, knew all about the benefits of a small campus like Salkehatchie long before he enrolled in classes here. His older sister, who graduated from USC Aiken, started out here as well, and he knew to expect one-on-one interaction with his professors.

“I have a lot of work, but it’s not overbearing,” he says. “And I really like the professors; they are all really good and make the classroom interesting.”

Sam played baseball through the years he was growing up, time he said led him to an appreciation of the trainers and others who help injured players on the sidelines. Because of those experiences, as well as physical therapy he underwent after breaking an ankle, Sam is interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Eventually, he plans to move to another USC campus to complete a four-year degree.

His baseball skills brought him to the attention of Salkehatchie’s Head Baseball Coach Bubba Dorman, who says this Barnwell County student athlete has the makings of an excellent pitcher. Sam was named to the 2008 All-State Team for single-A schools during his junior year of high school, and he was named Williston-Elko’s Most Valuable Player on the varsity baseball team his senior year.

“He locates the ball well and he competes,” Dorman says. “From a personal standpoint, he is a young man that has his feet on the ground. He shows he has ethics and morals, and he has exemplary character.”

Sam says he’s staying focused on his long-term goals, something he encourages other students to do as well. “Because it’s a small school, it can actually be hard sometimes to stay focused because you know everybody and you want to talk to them and be involved,” he says. “But you have to remember that this is a part of your life and not just be in the moment. Remember that you need to work for your family here, even though you may not even have a family yet. It’s important to stay on track.”