Perseverance pays off: Stark County’s Brock Begue earns Tri-C baseball scholarship
May 02, 2017
Brock Begue’s mother Annette calls her son a “miracle.” Once you learn Brock’s history, it’s easy to see why.
As a newborn, Brock suffered a series of debilitating strokes. The strokes caused the left side of his brain to cease functioning. The situation was grim – a priest was called in to baptize Brock and give him his last rites.
Only a transfer to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital saved Brock’s life. Doctors were able to stabilize his condition and prevent further strokes. But even then, long-term survival wasn’t a given – and if Brock did survive, doctors braced Brock’s parents for the high likelihood that he would have severe mobility problems and cognitive disabilities for the rest of his life.
Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and Brock’s life is far different from the one doctors thought he would have. Not only is he about to graduate from Stark County’s Marlington High School, he is a hard-throwing 6’-4” left-handed pitcher planning to attend Cuyahoga Community College on a baseball scholarship beginning this fall – less than a year after surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Last week, the Canton Repository featured Brock’s inspiring journey of perseverance, which will lead him to begin the most unlikely of college baseball careers at Tri-C in the 2017-2018 school year.