OXFORD — It’s hard to believe, but Brody Syer has played his last for Oxford High School.
For four years, he’s given his best for the football and baseball teams, earning All-State honors in both sports. He was Oxford’s starting quarterback in 2015, before moving to linebacker and starring on teams that went 22-2 in two years.
In baseball, he was Oxford’s No. 1 starter on the mound and a star in the outfield. A highly productive season pitching and batting won him selection as The Anniston Star’s Calhoun County Class 4A-6A baseball player of the year.
He went 7-1 with two saves as a senior, striking out 45 batters in 35⅓ innings. He posted a 1.70 ERA.
At the plate, he batted .360 with seven home runs, 12 doubles and 33 RBIs, as Oxford won its 6A area and took its first-round playoff series against eventual state champion Hazel Green to three games.
He’ll pitch for West Georgia next season, joining friend and former summer-ball teammate, Piedmont’s Taylor Morrow.
Question: What are your reflections on the season, especially now that you know Hazel Green went on to win it all?
Answer: We had a pretty good year. A lot of people underestimated us, like, going into the season, just because we lost a lot of guys, and that’s the same thing that’s going to happen this year, as we lost, like, eight or nine seniors. We were underestimated a lot, and a lot people counted us out. They didn’t know what we had, so we had a pretty good year, besides beating Hazel Green 15-1 and coming back and getting beat twice.
Q: The final two games of that series were one-run games, and one of Oxford’s starting pitchers was out sick that series. Do you ever let yourself think what might have been, had Hayden Green been able to pitch that third game?
A: All the time.
Q: What were your thoughts behind your college choice of West Georgia?
A: There were a few schools. I thought about going JUCO and getting my two years in, or whatnot. There were a lot of schools, including football, I had to choose between and choose whether I was going to play baseball or football. West Georgia, they called me back during football season, and I never answered them. Finally, they texted me again during baseball season, and I responded to them and went on a visit, and the campus and the coaches are just awesome down there. Plus, my dad (Patrick, head baseball coach and assistant in football at Haralson County) is only 15 minutes away.
Q: What schools were looking at you in football?
A: A lot of JUCO schools, D-IIs like Shorter. Kennesaw State was talking to me. Huntingdon, schools like that.
Q: Why baseball over football?
A: A lot of people were talking that football is going to wear your body down and all of this. Personally, I think I can have a better career and go farther than what I can do in football. If I keep working, I’ve really got a feeling I can get drafted.