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Brothers Beatty head to opposite coasts to play baseball

#4 Colton Beatty -Pitcher of Atwater
vs Merced
April 10th, 2009
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES #4 Colton Beatty -Pitcher of Atwater vs Merced April 10th, 2009 Merced Sun-Star

The Beatty brothers will be on opposite sides of the country, chasing similar baseball dreams.

Brooks will be in New York and the younger Colton will remain in California.

Brooks will transfer to Oswego State University in New York after two years at Merced College.

Colton signed his national letter of intent to accept a baseball scholarship to Stanislaus State on Wednesday.

"It's really special," Colton said. "Me and my brother are both playing college baseball.

"There's not a lot of brothers who are playing baseball at four-year schools at the same time.

"It's a great opportunity for both of us."

Also joining the recent parade of area athletes accepting athletic scholarships is former Buhach Colony runner Natalie Benoy.

Benoy accepted an academic/athletic scholarship to run cross country and track and field at Notre Dame de Namur University in San Mateo.

Benoy's cross country career started as a way to stay in shape for soccer during her freshmen year.

"I decided I wanted to play an individual sport and cross country was it," Benoy said.

Benoy graduated from BC in 2006 and finished 11th at the junior college state track championships in the 10,000-meter run as a sophomore at Modesto Junior College this spring.

"I'm excited because it's an opportunity to run against great competition," Benoy said. "Plus it allows me to still be close to my family."

Watching both Beatty boys won't be a problem for their parents.

The Beatty family owns a house in Cooperstown, N.Y., which is about two hours away from Oswego State.

"I was looking for a different experience," Brooks said. "I wanted to go back east and experience that."

When the Beatty family is in California they can watch Colton at nearby Stanislaus State.

Colton was a four-year starter at shortstop for Atwater. His first two years he played alongside Brooks.

"It's really been a goal of mine to play baseball at a four-year school ever since I started playing baseball," Colton said.

"Now it's actually happening. It's pretty cool."