East Georgia State College’s Andrew Claxton has been named the GCAA Defensive Player of the Year for his role as shortstop on the Bobcat Baseball team. Claxton, a returning sophomore, earned this title his freshman year at EGSC. He was also named to the Georgia State Gold Glove Team as shortstop.
“Andrew had an incredible year for us last year,” said Coach Matthew Passauer. “Every coach in the country wants a guy who can run out to shortstop every day and be a lock down defender, and that is exactly was Andrew did for us.”
A business major, Claxton is a graduate of Johnson County High School and a native of Wrightsville. He said he wanted to go to school at EGSC to stay close to his wife and one-year-old daughter.
“This was my first choice,” he said. “I love it here. The teachers are great, I’ve made a lot of friends, and it is really nice.
“Being a Bobcat means a lot,” said Claxton. “To be a Bobcat, you have to be humble and very motivated, have a lot of character, and be enthusiastic.”
Claxton has been playing baseball since he was four years old, following in the footsteps of his brother, Ashley “Rooster” Claxton, who also attended and played for EGSC.
“Whatever he did, I did, and he loved baseball,” said Claxton.
He said that being named for these two awards means a lot to him. “When Coach called me, I could have cried,” he said. “That’s how much this means to me. I was really surprised, but it meant a lot.”
“Having a family and having to be a husband makes it a lot more difficult,” he said of the balance between student, athlete and family man. “It is basically a mix of school, baseball, and family, but family comes first.”
“East Georgia State College is very fortunate to have young student athletes such as Andrew Claxton,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Donald Avery. “Andrew earned [this award] as a freshman. He is a good offensive player as well. But, most importantly, Andrew is a good student and role model performing well in the classroom this past academic year and progressing toward his graduation. We look forward to recognizing additional accomplishments from Andrew next year and hopefully in the near future his graduation. Go Bobcats!”