Kolton Brown enjoyed time with Union City

While he attended classes at Southwest Covenant, Brown was allowed to play baseball for Union City as part of a co-op agreement.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 30, 2013
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photo - KOLTON BROWN, UNION CITY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL     ORG XMIT: 1206102212554363
KOLTON BROWN, UNION CITY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ORG XMIT: 1206102212554363

— Kolton Brown never felt out of place at Union City.

Brown attended Southwest Covenant for school, but played baseball at Union City the past four years as part of a unique co-op that benefitted both schools.

On Tuesday, he represented both schools in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University, going 1 for 4 with a single in the West's 9-5 loss.

“It was a lot of fun,” Brown said about playing for Union City. “The guys welcomed us as their own, called us their own and I would go to the basketball games and hang out with the guys and come over to their house and everything.”

Even with a 25-minute drive multiple times per week, the small country town felt like home.

And Union City didn't mind having Brown's bat in the middle of its lineup.

Brown hit below .500 just one season — last season. The switch-hitter also hit 43 total home runs, becoming a feared hitter across the area. He even hit two grand slams in one inning as a sophomore.

“I had some good offensive players to go with him through those years, but he's a rare type of player,” Union City coach Ludy Griggs said. “It'll be a long time before I get anybody like him again.”

For Griggs, the fun began four years ago when he agreed to let Southwest Covenant players try out for the team during their search for a school that would allow them to form a co-op.

Southwest Covenant had just joined the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, but did not have enough players to form a team.


by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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