Recent Mt. Juliet High graduate Campbell Scholl has gained a spot on the Tennessee Vols' 2014 baseball roster as a walk-on.
Scholl, a two-year starter in the Golden Bears' pitching rotation, pitched a two-hitter in a 9-2 win over Rossview for the 2012 Region 5-AAA championship. In '13, he spun a no-hitter against Ezell-Harding. He posted a career 14-3 record with a 1.20 earned-run average for the regular season.
He was selected to play in the Middle Tennessee All-Star Classic and also played for Hit After Hit and Nashville Legends during the summer.
But all of that wasn't enough to garner much college interest.
"I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get to play in college," Scholl said. "Very few schools were expressing an interest in me."
Instead of waiting for coaches to call him, Scholl took the initiative this summer to drive to Knoxville and walked into UT coach Dave Serrano's office unannounced, telling the coach he wanted to play for the Vols.
"Coach Serrano told me there weren't any positions open, and so I left for home feeling rejected," Scholl said. "Well, he must have made a few phone calls because a couple of hours later he called and told me that he would give me a shot.
"Two weeks later he came to Nashville and watched me pitch in a summer tournament where I pitched a complete [game] one-hitter, and then coach Serrano told me that I was definitely on the team."
Scholl said that during the ensuing three weeks, he began receiving serious Division I interest, including an offer from Western Kentucky.
"I guess things worked out for the best because I was already planning to go to UT where I have always wanted to go," Scholl said.