Weatherford Democrat

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March 29, 2013

Staying close in hopes to go far

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By Rick Mauch

Special Contributor

Baseball has been a big part of the Reynolds family for a long time.

Terry Reynolds was a standout player for Weatherford High School before graduating in 1986. So too, was his son Trace a few years ago, going on to play at Howard College.

Now, Trace’s younger brother, Trooper, has hopes of taking the family tradition to a place it’s never been — the professional ranks.

Trooper, a freshman third baseman for Weatherford College, makes his goals quite plain. He wants to play professionally, which is one of two reasons he chose to play at WC. The other reason being his familiarity with the home town Coyotes.

And since he loves Weatherford, playing college baseball in a good program in the place he most adores just made sense.

“I wanted to go to a program where I feel comfortable. Plus, I want to see if I can set myself for the (Major League Baseball) Draft,” Trooper said. “I’ve talked to several scouts.”

Trooper is off to a very strong start in his college career. It’s no surprise scouts are giving him good looks.

They were already looking at him even before he opted to play in college, instead of entering the draft right out of high school. Trooper was a two-time Class 5A All-State selection as a Weatherford Kangaroo and was a high school All-American last season as a senior.

Trooper received offers to play at major college programs, as well, including the likes of TCU, Baylor and Dallas Baptist University — all top-notch programs with winning reputations. But baseball is treated differently from other NCAA sports. If a student-athlete commits to a NCAA Division I school, he must stay at least three years.

For this reason, players with the talent such as Trooper often play for two-year colleges, where they can test themselves in the draft after only one season.

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