POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Right-hander Evan Bynum (Soso; West Jones) is headed to the next level after recently signing with Delta State.
The sophomore joins an out-going class that already includes Mississippi State signee Kole Alford (McComb; North Pike), Louisiana-Monroe signees Britt McKay (Wiggins; Ocean Springs) and Reid Golemon (Moselle; South Jones), Southeastern Louisiana signees Kasey Donaldson (Gulfport; West Harrison) and Trace McNabb (Foxworth; West Marion), Southern Miss signee Reece Ewing (Mobile, Ala.; Faith Academy), Louisiana Tech signee Cade Hodges (Brookhaven; Loyd Star) and Auburn signee Bryson Ware (Gluckstadt; Germantown).
"It's been tremendous to watch Evan's growth and maturity over the last two years," Pearl River coach Michael Avalon said. "As you can tell by his appearances for us, he was without a doubt one of the guys we could always count on. That's one thing we'll definitely miss, having that guy who's so important out of the bullpen you can trust.
"As a coach, I'm very proud to see him earn this next step in his journey. He has done this through determination and an ultimate belief in himself."
Bynum expressed appreciation to the PRCC staff for helping an otherwise lightly recruited right-hander get to the next level.
"Out of high school I was not highly recruited, but Coach Avalon and Coach (Anthony) Izzio gave me a chance," Bynum said. "If it wasn't for the coaches I would just be going to school right now instead of playing the game I love. I will forever be grateful to them for giving me the opportunity and helping me get to Delta State."
The Wildcats utilized Bynum in a fireman type role out of the bullpen. The 5-foot-11 right-hander was 2-0 with two saves as a freshman. Although he had a 6.65 ERA, he was more than reliable after bursting onto the scene during fall ball. In 21 2/3 innings, Bynum struck out 20 against 10 walks and boasted an 8.31 strikeouts-per-nine.
This season, Bynum had an unblemished ERA, allowing just one unearned run in six innings while striking out four.
Bynum said he expects to be a go-to reliever for the Statesmen.
ABOUT THE 'CATS
The Wildcats were in the midst of another strong season under Avalon's guidance before the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic shutdown all athletics across North America. Pearl River finished the abbreviated season 12-4. After opening the season ranked 5th by the NJCAA, the Wildcats climbed as high as No. 2. Among numerous achievements in the shortened season, the Wildcats threw a combined no-hitter on both ends of a doubleheader and saw one freshman standout, Leif Moore (St. Martin) named the NJCAA Pitcher of the Week.
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