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NB’s Lloyd signs for baseball in the hills

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By Mike Farner

 HEBRON ESTATES - After a breakout junior season that saw him shift to the middle of the North Bullitt batting order, Tyler Lloyd got the pay-off recently when he signed to play baseball at Pikeville College starting next fall.

Lloyd was second on the team in RBIs with 29 and was third on the roster in hits with 37 while batting .325 last season.

It was a series of baseball showcases that Lloyd attended that caught the eye of Pikeville coaches. Lloyd attended showcases throughout the Midwest with trip to Kansas City and another to Alabama. Closer to home, Lloyd went to a Junior Showcase at Georgetown College as well as a hitting camp at Eastern Kentucky University.

That opened the door for Lloyd to make a visit to Pikeville. Once there, it wasn’t exactly baseball that Lloyd first noticed about the school.

“I like the mountains,” the North Bullitt senior said. “I really liked the country feel.

“I’ve always wanted to play college baseball,” Lloyd added. “I just let my game speak for itself.

That made it a quick decision for Lloyd who didn’t really make any other visits.

North Bullitt baseball coach Brian Wise took Lloyd and another Eagle player to a showcase at Pikeville. After a workout, they went to a Pikeville basketball game where he was recognized over the loudspeaker. Within two weeks, the final details had been worked out.

The 17-year old son of April Israel hopes to major in business in college. At the signing ceremony in the North Bullitt lobby recently, Lloyd was also joined at the event by his twin sister, Torie, as well as younger sister Brittany Lloyd. His grandparents, Rick and Bonnie Israel, were also present.

For Lloyd, baseball is about driving in runners.

“I’m an RBI guy,” he said. “That is something I take great pride in.”

Lloyd started playing baseball in the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation League and then at age 12 switched to the Blue Lick Optimist program. After that, he played travel ball with the Louisville Heat before playing his freshman season at Bullitt Central.

It was a move to North Bullitt after that one season as a Cougar that turned Lloyd’s game around.

“Coach (Brian) Wise really turned things around for me,” Lloyd said. “I didn’t play much at Bullitt Central. Then I came over here and played junior-varsity. He helped me out and got me where I am today.”

Wise is expecting another big spring out of Lloyd for his senior season. The North Bullitt coach is looking at Lloyd to play left field and be the clean-up hitter.

“No question after what he did last year that we are looking for big things,” Wise said after the ceremony. “I expect him in the four or five hole and be our leading RBI guy. That’s what he does.

“He had as many two out RBIs as anyone last year,” the coach pointed out. “He handled that situation very well and that’s a tough situation.”

Lloyd joins a Pikeville program that struggled last season, posting a 10-36 mark and losing in the first game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at Campbellsville.