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SHEPHERDSVILLE – Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands.
That philosophy worked out just fine for Bullitt Central senior Dakota Mason and his desire to play baseball at the next level. After not getting much initial contact, Mason opted to go on the offensive, contacting Campbellsville University baseball coaches directly.
“I decided to contact them,” the Cougar senior said. “It was about four months ago now. I started the interest in them in me.
“They have a real good criminal justice program,” Mason added. “It’s not a big public school. It’s not a big school overall. Plus, it’s only about a 40 minute drive from home.”
The 18-year old son of Crystal and Ricky Waters grew up in Bullitt County. After attending Bullitt Lick Middle School, he arrived at Bullitt Central and immediately gravitated to the baseball program. He played four years with the Cougars and head coach G.J. Moore.
His baseball playing days started when he was 7-years old in the local Parks and Recreation League. He then moved into AAU traveling teams and he has played for the Blue Lick All-Stars in recent years.
At home, Mason has a younger sister, Aubree, who is 8-years old.
It was as much the desire to study criminal justice as much as it was about baseball for Mason in contacting Campbellsville.
“I just want to be a policeman and work my way up,” the senior said. “I’m just really interested in that. I like the crime shows on TV and I want to do that.”
In his four years with the Cougars, the most memorable moment was the most obvious.
“It would be getting to the regional tournament last year,” he said. That was the only time in his four years that the Cougars made that step after finishing as the 23rd District runner-up to North Bullitt.
At Campbellsville, Mason would like to advance as a pitcher. He is a right-handed pitcher.
“(Assistant) coach (Roy) Taylor has helped me a lot with my pitching and getting my fundamentals down,” Mason pointed out.
Moore feels that Mason will fit in well at Campbellsville.
“He’ll pitch only,” the veteran coach said after the signing ceremony in the school lobby in May. “He has a good arm.
“The first day I saw him when I came here he was a freshman trying-out and he was throwing from foul pole to foul pole,” Moore added. “That is a great arm.
“He had a good year last year, but he has been up and down this year,” the coach noted. “He has stuff to work on, but he has plenty of arm. He could develop at the next level and be consistent.”
Mason is the third Bullitt Central senior baseball player to sign with a college this year, but the other two, Tyler Bray and Brett McConahay both will be playing football at the next level.
Mason also played football at Bullitt Central, but only as a freshman and a senior. As a senior, he was part of a six player rotation on the defensive line.
“It’s good to see guys go on,” Moore said. “We have had quite a few recently. A few of our other seniors will attend college, but they will just be students.”
At Campbellsville, Mason will be joining a program that posted a 27-21 record this past spring. The team had a 14-12 record within the Mid-South Conference and had the number five seed for the post-season tournament. The Tigers went 1-2 in that tournament, falling to St. Catharine in the loser’s bracket to end the season.
The school plays in the NAIA and is part of the Mid-South Conference. They also are part of the National Christian College Athletic Association.
The Tiger’s head coach for baseball is Beauford Sanders who has been at the school as the baseball coach for 24 years with over 700 wins.