Getting To Know Boomer Scarborough

Getting To Know Boomer Scarborough

St. Stanislaus High School's hard throwing righthander has been clocked at 94 miles per hour. In his junior season Boomer was 8-2 with a 0.92 ERA, threw two shutouts, and fanned 100 batters in 68.1 innings. He got it done at the dish as well, hitting .451 with seven doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 29 RBI.

Q: What is your true height and weight?
A: "6-foot-1 and 230 pounds."

Q: You have signed with Southern Miss, what led you to choose the Golden Eagles?
A: "They are coming off that run to the College World Series and they always have a good program. The coaching staff was a big part of it too. I feel good about Coach Federinko and the direction the program is going. Also, it is close to home."

Q: Did you ever consider any other schools?
A: "Yeah, I thought about Memphis, Ole Miss a little bit, Central Florida, Alabama and a couple of JUCO's. In the end I just thought USM was right for me."

Q: Have the coaches at USM told you what role they plan on using you in?
A: "They have been talking to me about closing possibly. I may hit a little bit too but we haven't really talked specifics. I am just ready to get up there."

Q: Have you talked to any professional scouts?
A: "I haven't interacted with them that much but I have seen them at some games. The Mariners are coming to watch me pitch Tuesday, though."

Q: Do you play any other positions besides pitcher?
A: "I also play shortstop."

Q: Any preference of position?
A: "I like pitching. I like being in control of the game."

Q: How hard do you throw consistently?
A: "I live around 88-90."

Q: How many pitches do you throw?
A: "I am three pitch guy; fastball, curveball, changeup. I will mix in a slider every now and then. The fastball is my best of the bunch."

Q: What are the strengths and weaknesses of your game?
A: "I think mental toughness is one of my biggest attributes. When I get out there and my arm is not feeling too good I still find a way to get it done. I need to probably step up my work ethic as far as practicing as hard as I play."

Q: What did being selected to the Dandy Dozen mean to you?
A: "Any kind of award is always good and to be recognized as one of the top 12 players in the state of Mississippi is something I am proud of. Individual awards don't mean a lot but when you do get recognized a little part of you is happy about that. It is all about the team and trying to win a State Championship this year though."

Q: Who is your favorite professional player?
A: "Jake Peavy. I just like the way he throws, he is kind of like a bulldog out there."

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: "Anything Italian. Chicken parmesan or anything like that is my favorite."

Q: Do you love Olive Garden like I do?
A: "Oh yeah! I could eat there every day. Soup, salad and breadsticks for $7.99"

Q: What is on your iPod right now?
A: "I think everyone has some Lil Wayne right now. I kind of like the oldies a little bit, my walk out song is Mr. Big Stuff. Rap, rock and a little bit of everything."

Q: Cats or Dogs, which one?
A: "Dogs."

Q: Other than baseball what are some of your interests?
A: "I want to go into sports medicine when I get up to Southern. I have always been a big football guy and I might try to play both sports when I get up there, I don't know yet."

Q: Other than baseball, what is the most fun thing to do in Pass Christian?
A: "Ha ha, nothing. Fishing is probably the most popular thing around here."

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that most people may not know?
A: "My real name is Marshall. When I was born I had really white hair and one of my aunts said that I looked like the quarterback Boomer (Esiason) and the name just kind of stuck."

Q: If you could pick any celebrity in the world to go on a date with, who would it be?
A: "Megan Fox. No doubt."


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Francis Wright is a writer for MississippiHardball.com, an independent website that covers Mississippi baseball, including high school, junior college and travel team ball. You can contact him by emailing fwright@mississippihardball.com.

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