“I liked the campus and the facilities,” Bynum said. I really think it would be a good place to be for the next four years.
I’m happy to start out as a relief pitcher, and I am also hoping I can work into a starter while I’m there.”
Healy’s path to college ball was a similar process, with the exposure of showcase camps (and impressive numbers from last year’s Roo season) leading the way.
He was invited to TCU camps the past couple of summers, featuring pro-style workouts and attended by Paris college coaches. Andrew, the son of Kathryn and Jeffrey Healy had also played in select ball showcases on the Paris JC diamond, so the Dragon’s staff is well-versed regarding Healy’s talents.
Both of the Roo athletes will enter college classes with open minds before declaring a major, but both also are intent on continuing with baseball as far as the game will take them.
“I would really love to play this game for a living.” Healy said. “I’ve thought that since playing in Little League.
“I didn’t know how much of that was going to come true, but getting to play at the college level is kind of the first stage of the plan.”
Healy was the starting catcher for Weatherford in his junior campaign, but has been lauded by Roo head baseball coach Terry Massey as having talent enough to play virtually anywhere on the field. The team’s Defensive Player of the Year for 2013 expressed his desire to stay around the game for a long time, whether as a player or even another capacity.
Bynum, with the next step taken care of, has similar thoughts.
“My work doesn’t stop at this level,” he said. “I’m going to do my very best to go as far as I can.”