Scott Thomson liked playing football the most during his sports career at Westminster High School.
Thomson excelled as three-sport athlete, playing football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. He enjoyed his role as quarterback for the Owls, but something else tugged at him before his high school days were done.
Thomson banked on baseball taking him further.
He was right — Thomson became a ninth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1987 before choosing to play at Old Dominion, where he became one of the top players in the region. A coaching career soon followed, and Thomson found himself at Mount St. Mary's 10 years later.
He has been there ever since. Now, with more than 300 coaching wins and a regional College World Series appearance at the Mount, Thomson enters the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame.
"It's truly an honor," Thomson said. "There have been tons of great athletes to come out of Carroll County, and I just really feel honored to be recognized and be one of the athletes that people think of when it comes to Carroll County sports."
Thomson starred at Westminster, earning Times Baseball Player of the Year honors in 1986 and 1987. He played in the Crown All-Star Game at Memorial Stadium in 1987 before the Red Sox came calling in the draft. Thomson opted for college instead of the pros at that time.
The move became a boon for Old Dominion — Thomson made the Sun Belt Conference's All-Rookie Team in 1988, led the nation in triples in 1990, and earned Virginia College Player of the Year in 1991.
Thomson signed a contract with the Erie Sailors (a former affiliate of the Orioles) in 1991 and played for the independent pro team for two years.
He's a member of the Old Dominion Sports Hall of Fame, something Thomson considers one of his biggest achievements.
Another one that he ranks up there, he said, is taking the Mount St. Mary's program that was "kind of sitting at rock bottom" and guide it to a pair of championship seasons. The Mountaineers won 35 games in 2007 and took the Northeast Conference regular-season title, then won the NEC tournament crown the following season and qualified for the College World Series regionals.
"Obviously I had that dream of playing professional baseball and being in the big leagues like everybody does, but going into college I kind of figured if that that didn't [work out] I would either fall back and … maybe wind up coaching there at the high school level and [be] a teacher," Thomson said. "But the more I was around college coaches when I was in college, I really liked the college atmosphere."
Thomson described his baseball journey as "full circle," going from standout player to accomplished college coach. Perhaps the final piece comes Friday evening at Carroll Community College, where Thomson will be enshrined alongside his father.
Steve Thomson, a former three-sport athlete at North Carroll and longtime coach/administrator at the high school and college level, went into the Carroll Sports Hall in 2016.
"I've been very lucky to be successful in everything that I've done," Scott Thomson said. "I feel very honored to now be in the same category as my father."
Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame
What: Class of 2018 induction
Where: Carroll Community College
When: Friday, 6:30
Tickets: For info, call 443-398-1039