Cameron Gill, FCS Graduate, Completes Freshman Baseball Season at Wofford College
Fellowship Christian School graduate Cameron Gill took the first step into his collegiate baseball career this past spring.
Despite his season being cut short due to COVID-19, Gill helped the Wofford College baseball team finish with a 14-3 record, which included a seven-game win streak, in 2020.
A back-up catcher, Gill played in six games, including two starts, for the Greenville, S.C. school. He collected two hits, two runs, one walk and one RBI in 11 at-bats for the Terriers.
"It was a good season," said Gill, a two-sport star at FCS in football and baseball. "Our last game before our season ended, we had just beaten Auburn. We felt like it was the best team Wofford had in awhile. We had a bunch of returners, and we were poised to compete for the SoCon championship."
Gill fit in well on an experienced team, earning his way into the lineup for a pair of starts and some more playing time on the field in a reserve role. On Feb. 23, Gill collected his first college hit in a game against Monmouth College. His first college RBI came in a contest against Presbyterian College on March 4.
"The No. 1 catcher was a senior, so I knew I would be a backup [behind the plate]," he said. "But I felt like the progress I made during the season was good."
College baseball is quite a bit different than the high school game Gill saw during his 4-year baseball career at Fellowship.
"I felt like I had improved a lot," Gill said. "It's an adjustment to the speed of the game. Way more intense. It kind of surprised me a little bit. I was finally getting more confident when the season ended."
Seeing tough pitchers every game helped Gill mature at the plate and raise his game.
"They are all quality pitchers," he said. "Overall, the stuff these guys have is much better and more consistent than high school pitchers. Normally the best pitchers in high school have one really good pitch. In college, the whole staff has good fast balls, breaking balls and change ups."
Gill, who has a double major in finance and accounting at Wofford, also faced an adjustment in the classroom. His goal is earning an MBA.
"It was an adjustment to the work load," he said. "Most days my classes started at 8 a.m., followed by practice from 1-4 p.m., workouts from 5-6 p.m. and also team meetings. Most nights by the time I was back to my room it was 9 p.m. and then I had to do homework."
At Fellowship, Gill started for four years in baseball and several years in football on offense and defense.
During his senior year he batted .321 at the plate for the Paladins and was named to the All-Region team. He hit .371 with 39 hits and 26 RBIs during his junior year, and batted .434 as a sophomore. He was also an All-Region football player for the Paladins.
"I have a lot of good memories at Fellowship," Gill said. "In baseball, it was my walk-off homer against Wesleyan my senior year. That was my last series in high school [FCS lost to Wesleyan in the three-game set], and my last year playing with my best friends and teammates Isaac Bouton and Preston Joye. We played our butts off."
On the football field, Gill fondly recalls coming within a game of winning the state title in 2016, and a very long touchdown in a state playoff game against Riverside Military Academy in 2018. "I remember scoring that 80-yard touchdown, and getting to the end zone and seeing everyone screaming," he recalled.
Gill has advice for his old teammate Joye, who heads to Georgia State to play baseball next spring.
"Take pride in who you are, balance your academics and baseball, show your work ethic," he said. "With your scholarship, you are basically paid to play a game. But you have to keep it a game, so you don't want to lose sight of that."
(Photo courtesy of Wofford College)