BLOOMFIELD — After helping the Bobcats' baseball team win back-to-back District 1-3A titles, Bloomfield's Brandon Detrick will get a chance to continue his playing days.
Detrick has signed with Division II Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
"It's a really awesome feeling. I feel like I've made all my coaches proud and made my father proud," he said. "I remember when I was 10 years old always looking up to the players in college baseball. I've never dreamed of playing pro baseball — it's always been college baseball."
Detrick filled a few roles for the Bobcats this past season, but was mainly a second baseman.
Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said the recent Bloomfield graduate's speed and defensive abilities will transition well to the college level.
"He plays great defensively, and he covers ground well," DeHoyos said. "He does a good job for us as far as being a field general. I think that comes from back when he used to play catcher for us. He sets the defensive tone, takes charge and we kind of go from there."
Detrick said he's aware that he'll still have to keep working on his game if he wants to crack the lineup for the Greyhounds as a freshman. He said he's looking forward to that challenge.
"My competitiveness will fit right in with them," he said. "I think they'll help me develop, and it will help getting pushed by the next-level guys."
Detrick's signing will provide a boost to the Bobcats said Dehoyos, who credited the competitive baseball in the Four Corners area for giving kids the opportunity to keep playing.
"To see him go and keep playing is big for us," DeHoyos said. "A lot of kids will be like, 'Whoa. I can do that. I can be that guy.' That's the thing about baseball in the Four Corners is you don't have to be the biggest, strongest or fastest guy, you just have to be consistent and work hard enough at it."
ENMU finished this season with a 26-24 record overall and placed fourth in the Lone Star Conference.