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Belhaven's Anthony Doss turns pain into gain

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Belhaven outfielder Anthony Doss is making the most of his senior season.

"I'm feeling great right now. It feels good to be able to go out there and play everyday an not have to worry about injuries holding you back," said Doss.

Too many times has Doss been held back by the injury bug during his college career.

A highly recruited slugger out of Northwest Rankin High School, Doss signed with Southern Miss.

A promising freshman campaign led to high hopes in his sophomore season, but then the injury bug bit.

A post labrum tear in his right shoulder forced Doss to miss the entire season in 2009.

"My sophomore year at USM, I actually missed out at going to Omaha because of my shoulder injury. It was tough. I had to stay in Hattiesburg all summer and rehab all day, everyday. It was real bad and plus I missed Omaha which really took a big toll on me," said Doss.

Doss battled back from the shoulder injury to play 40 games in 2010 for the Golden Eagles.

In 2011, Doss decided to transfer to Belhaven to be closer to home and be an everyday starter for Hill Denson.

When Doss seemed to be heading for a break out season, another injury sidelines him for more than a month.

"I broke my hand. I think it was like the sixth game of the season last year. I sat out like a month. I just toughed through it. It was a hairline fracture but it didn't require surgery. So, I just sat through it," stated Doss.

"I think it drove him crazy not to be able to play. He was out there almost everyday just trying to swing the bat but you could tell he would wrench his eyes," said Belhaven coach Hill Denson.

Doss worked way back from the injury to go on an make 157 plate appearances for the Blazers his junior season.

Now, in the middle of his senior campaign, Doss is playing at an all-American level.

It's because he is finally healthy.

The Brandon native leads Belhaven with a .427 batting average and is tied for the team lead in home runs with six.

"I always try to think positive, even when I had the injuries. I think that God has a plan for me, so, I just keep working hard and now it feels great. I'm glad to just be playing at this time and helping the team win," said Doss.

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