— COURTESY — WEATHERFORD COLLEGE
Now that he’s returned to the starting pitching rotation, things are starting to look up more than ever for Tejay Antone.
The Weatherford College sophomore pitcher has signed a letter-of-intent to pitch for Auburn University next season.
It came after his return to a starting rotation when he joined the Coyotes this season. That was after spending his first year of college pitching out of the bullpen for TCU.
“TCU was great. I met a lot of people and learned a lot from the upperclassmen on the baseball team,” said Antone.
“At the year-end meeting with the TCU coach he said he saw me as a bullpen guy for them next year (this season). I wanted to start in college, so I let him know I was going to transfer to Weatherford College to start and get my innings in.
“I love Weatherford College and I have learned a lot from both Coach (Jeff) Lightfoot and Coach (Flint) Wallace.”
Antone was drafted by the New York Mets in the 22nd round out of high school at Mansfield Legacy, but he decided to bypass professional baseball to work on his education and baseball skills.
At Legacy, Antone was one of their top players, learning much from a big-time teammate.
“I started playing varsity baseball my sophomore year and was able to watch Noah Syndergaard, a first-round draft pitch, as our starting pitcher,” said Antone.
“I learned a lot from watching him and working with him, which pushed me to try and be even better than I was.”
His Legacy teams reached the postseason all three of his varsity seasons, advancing to the regional semifinals (four rounds) his sophomore season, and two rounds as a junior.
Antone was an All-District pitcher in 2011, academic All-District in 2010-11, and the district Pitcher of the Year in 2012.