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Sarratt racks up national honors
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Georgia Perimeter's Scott Sarratt stands near the dugout before the start of a game this spring. - photo by Special to the Herald

A former Statesboro High School star is bringing some hardware back to town during his summer break as Georgia Perimeter College’s Scott Sarratt had a season for the ages behind home plate.

In his second season with the Jaguars, Sarratt took the reigns as the everyday catcher and didn’t make a single error in 312 chances in 42 games — 35 of them starts — during the 2011 campaign.

"My defense is one thing that I’ve always taken a lot of pride in," said Sarratt. "Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve worked hard on catching and throwing and being solid behind the plate. I’m more of a contact guy at the plate, so I think I can help my team the most by playing good defense."

Good is hardly the word to describe Sarratt’s showing this season and his performance on the field did not go unnoticed come awards season.

Sarratt was voted region Defensive Player of the Year by rival coaches and was awarded the Rawlings National Junior College Gold Glove for all catchers in the country two weeks ago.

"Getting those awards is great and I’m proud of it," said Sarratt. "But I’m already moving on to next season. I’ll play all through the summer and fall, but this is the time of year where you need to get stronger and better for next spring."

Along with the new season will come a new venue as Sarratt will play the 2012 campaign as a member of Georgia State University.

Moving from the junior college ranks to the highest division in NCAA is sure to provide a challenge, but Sarratt is looking forward to taking the next step.

"You always want to keep playing this game as long as you can," said Sarratt. "I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of the Georgia State team next year. Playing in Division I will be tough, but I think that Georgia junior colleges have a lot of great competition that prepares you. There will be some better players and more consistent pitching, but I’m looking to rise up to that level."