Red Hot and Road-Runnin’: LB’s Colton Cosner leads team with his competitive fire

Sports are often a battle of wills. Who wants it more? Who’s willing to lay it all out on the line to win the game? For LBCC, the answer is Colton Cosner. A first baseman, Cosner has been one of the driving forces leading LBCC to a 19-5 record in league play, 30-10 overall. The Roadrunners are currently first in their division.

“Colton has improved our play by being one of the best lead-off hitters in the NWAC,” said Head Coach Ryan Gipson. “He also makes us better by helping lead this young club in many ways.”

Cosner’s batting average currently sits at an impressive .287, with 41 hits, 14 RBI, and a home run as well. His consistency at-bat remains evident, giving the team somebody to count on when it comes to hitting.

Cosner is originally from West Linn, Oregon, and currently lives in Corvallis. His major at LBCC is business and he hopes to eventually continue his baseball career elsewhere while simultaneously getting his degree.

Cosner says that Coach Gipson had a huge role in convincing him to leave West Linn and travel down to Linn County.

“What made me choose LB was the vision coach Gipson gave to me when I first visited the school,” said Cosner. “I got along with him really well off the bat and he seemed really interested in getting me to the next level.”

Coach Gipson also believes that Cosner is one of the most vocal leaders on the team this year, and that Cosner’s number-one strength is his feel for the game, something that can’t be taught.

“He really knows how to run the bases aggressively and is very comfortable in the batter’s box,” said Gipson.

Cosner believes his biggest strength is leading his teammates to want to win at all costs.

“I am very competitive and I see it rub off on a lot of my teammates,” said Cosner.

Cosner’s competitive edge has made its mark as LBCC is dominating the season. If the team keeps up and finishes first in their region, they will get an automatic bid into the NWAC championships where they will face off against the best teams in the entire NWAC.

“Our team has been so successful this year because of our drive to put in that extra work when no other team is,” said Cosner. “This year the team is a family on and off the field, and I know stepping out on the field that each teammate would die for one another.”

Cosner describes the team bond as, “Something special that I haven’t felt really with any other team.”

With just a few games left of the regular season, LB will be looking to hold onto their first place standing, currently four games ahead of Lane who is in second place. Cosner should be key in helping the team stay focused, and bringing home a championship for the Roadrunners.

Story by Nick Fields

Photo by Elliot Pond