For Grovetown High shortstop Cameron Busby, baseball is it.
The 16-year-old sophomore has been playing since he was 5 years old and has started at shortstop since coming to the school.
“I never played any other sport,” said Busby. “I love baseball. I love coming out here every day, working hard.”
The hard work has paid off for Busby, who said he has matured a bit since his freshman season. He currently leads the team in batting with an average above .400. The Warriors sported a 7-6 record after Friday, when he went 2-for-4 and helped lead the team to a 11-1 Region 3-AAA win over Richmond Academy.
But personal goals don’t interest Busby. It’s team success he strives for.
“I want a state championship here, and we’re playing pretty good baseball right now,” he said. “Our record doesn’t show it. We’ve lost some close games. I want a region championship, too.”
Grovetown head coach Mike Jones says Busby does whatever is asked of him to help the team win.
“His knowledge of the game is well beyond his years,” said Jones. “He comes from a baseball family. The game’s been a big part of their life.”
Busby’s grandfather, Jim, was a major leaguer who broke in with the Chicago White Sox in 1950, earning All-Star status in 1951. He played 12 seasons with six different clubs. Busby’s father, Jim, also played baseball, making it to Triple-A.
“He knows what he’s talking about,” Busby said of his father. “I try to listen to him. Sometimes, it’s hard, though. You think you know it all, but you don’t really.”
One Busby who is not playing baseball right now is Cameron’s 10-year-old brother Carson, who is battling leukemia.
“He’s working his way back to playing,” Busby said. “It’s his second year of treatment. It’s definitely a tough time and he loves coming to baseball games and watching me. It’s tough when he’s in the hospital and not there to see me.”
Jones said that Busby is someone he can look up to.
“It’s been remarkable how he’s been the same kid every day. When his brother’s had a good day, when his brother’s had a bad day, you never really knew, ’cause Cameron was out here to work and, that’s been neat to watch.”