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Bronco becomes Pioneer
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Brody Fernandez has spent the last seven years being a Boyd Bronco, but he’ll have to get used to being called a Pioneer now.
Fernandez enrolled at Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould, Ark., last week, where he signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball for the Pioneers.
Fernandez was a standout on the Boyd basketball team the last four years, but baseball has always been his calling. After the Broncos shut down the baseball program following his sophomore season, Fernandez sought out opportunities to continue his playing career on the diamond.
Fernandez always dreamed about a chance to play college ball. When Crowley’s Ridge came calling, Fernandez jumped at the chance to become a Pioneer.
“I was ecstatic to hear that a college wanted me to play for them,” said Fernandez. “It’s a dream come true for me. My goal has always been to become a professional baseball player and this is step No. 1.
“It’s pleasing to see that all my years of hard work with my brother Dylan and pitching coach Scott Large are finally paying off.”
Fernandez didn’t play baseball his junior year, but he spent last year playing for Covenant Christian located in Huntsville. Fernandez was introduced to the program by his longtime friend Kaleb Rymer, who is a Warren County resident and home-schooled student.
Fernandez played center field and first base for Covenant Christian and hit .310 for the season. After the year ended for Covenant Christian, Fernandez played a month of summer baseball with a team from Franklin where he pitched every game.
Now Fernandez doesn’t have to worry about where his next opportunity to play will come from. Fernandez is ready to help the Pioneers however he can.
“I’m ready to get back on the field, work hard and give 100 percent for my school and team,” said Fernandez. “Either as a pitcher or outfielder, I just want to help my team win games.”
Fernandez isn’t the only person excited about him becoming a Pioneer. Paul McFadden, the head coach of the Pioneers, is happy to have another pitcher in his program.
“It is always nice to be able to add a left-hander to your rotation and Brody will be able to step in and give us some innings in his first year as a Pioneer,” said McFadden. “He is just also a very good athlete that can help us in other areas as well.”
Crowley’s Ridge competes in the NCCAA Central Region and competes against teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. The Pioneers begin play Feb. 22, 2013.