Hugo’s Brandon Allen: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

A bunch of seniors and a new coach might be the formula to get Hugo baseball back on a winning track this spring. Brandon Debo moves over from the softball program to take on baseball this year and Brandon Allen was one of the guys he noticed right away.

“He’s one of our big-time senior leaders.” said Debo. “You can count on him to show up every day and to pitch his tail off. He’s got a good fastball and has developed a good off-speed pitch since last year. When you’re coming in as a new coach, you’re looking for the guys who can lead and make the transition smooth and Brandon is certainly one of those guys.”

Allen has two sisters who played softball and so he began playing T-ball when he was young and has stuck with it. As he has grown up, he has admired the play of eight-time All-Star Mike Trout of the Angels.

“I just like the way he always seems so confident,” said Allen.

One of the things that Hugo has going for it this year, is being a senior-heavy team and as one of those seniors, Allen knows that leadership is an important part of turning the program around.

“I think a good leader helps lead the lower classmen down the right path. I’m more of a demonstrator and not real vocal but we have other seniors who fill that role. I wasn’t sure how the transition with a new coach would go, but coach Debo has made it really easy.”

The nine wins the Buffs put up last year was more than any in the last several years which would indicate that experience is helping the program along and Debo feels a lot of positive elements will help Hugo achieve better things this year.

“I saw right away this past summer when I took over the program that the team we have is talented. We’ve gotten some more guys to come over from football this year and I don’t think we’ll have a weak link on the field. We’re fast, we’ve got good pitching depth and we’ve got a hungry group of seniors who would like to end their careers on the plus side of the ledger.”

And Allen, who plans to attend OSU-IT in Okmulgee after graduation, couldn’t agree more.

“A lot of us are anxious to go further this year because the last few haven’t been very successful.”