Bryce Todd has always known what his favorite sport is.
For as long as he can remember, baseball has been his sport of choice, and the LaGrange High senior is getting the chance to keep playing it after signing with Gordon College this week.
“I want to make it to the top. I want to play forever,” Todd said. “I love playing baseball. It’s my favorite sport. I just look forward to it, playing on the next level.”
Todd was a multi-year starter at LaGrange, and he was the team’s shortstop this season.
Todd usually hit in the leadoff position, and with his speed, he made life difficult for opposing teams when he got on base.
“When he gets on the bases, he creates a lot of havoc,” LaGrange coach Todd Herrington said. “And when something is in his zone, he’s got some pop in his bat, too. He’s an offensive threat. And of course he’s very solid defensively, and makes some very athletic plays in the field.”
Todd has been looking at different colleges for awhile, and he’s glad to finally have everything taken care off, just in time for graduation on Saturday.
“I’ve just been trying to find somewhere to play all year and working out with different colleges and stuff,” Todd said. “I knew I was going to sign somewhere late. I didn’t know where. Gordon’s a good fit. I like their campus, I like their school. I like their field, and they’re a good baseball team.”
Herrington believes Todd has what it takes to succeed on the next level.
“If he does the work like he’s done throughout his career, and he continues to improve and commits to their program, there’s no doubt in my mind he can go there and be successful,” Herrington said. “I can’t say how proud of him I am. I can’t wait to see what he does.”
Todd is hoping playing at the two-year school will lead to bigger and better things.
“I want to play there for two years and get better, stronger, faster, and just become a better all-around player and then transfer and play two more years,” Todd said.
Todd helped the Grangers make it to the state quarterfinals as a junior, but the team finished fifth in the region and didn’t make it to the state playoffs this year.
Todd is hopeful the 2014 Grangers can make it back to state.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to the playoffs this year,” Todd said. “The last three years we have, and that was really fun. I hope the young guys learn from us. I hope they play as a team and make it to the playoffs.”