BLOUNTSTOWN/, FL (WJHG/WECP) Our area certainly has plenty of student-athletes who know the serious sting of seeing their spring sports seasons end unceremoniously when things where shut down in March.
Bryson Horne enjoying a terrific season when it was cut short in March
That's both on the high school and collegiate level. Bryson Horne, a Blountstown alum who was in the midst of a rather terrific junior season with the Columbus State baseball program, is certainly among that group!
And to say terrific might even be a bit of an understatement. Bryson, the Cougars starting first baseman, was hitting .425 in 21 games with 6 homer runs and 28 RBI. He was easily his team's leading hitter, usually batting in the cleanup spot.
And he wasn't alone in his success, his team was doing rather well. So to say the least when the season was ended less than halfway through, well it was quite the blow for Bryson and his teammates.
"Well from a team standpoint we were 18-3 on the year,11-1 in the Peach Belt Conference." Bryson told me via Skype. "And we had something special going, we talk about it every day like man I can't believe it's over. And what could have been, we don't know what could've been the rest of the year. S we will just come out next year and I think will I think we're returning just about everybody so I think next year we will just try to do the same thing as best we can, to the best of our ability."
And with things ending with his bat red-hot, well that makes it all even tougher.
"It definitely was a point where I thought I was seeing the ball pretty well." Bryson told me. "And you know in baseball, when you're seeing the ball well you want to play every day. And it kind of sucks the way it ended, because now there's no guarantee that could happen next year. But I enjoyed it while I could and I felt good and was seeing the ball well."
Bryson doing what he can to stay sharp these days, fortunately it looks like he'll be able to get back into some baseball facilities soon. Currently his plan is go head back to Columbus come August.
As a junior he is draft eligible, and at 6-3, with that swing, hitting .425 in college ball, well even with just five rounds in the draft, those stats will get some notice.
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