Drummonds having success in Canada
by LaVonte Young
Former Talladega College standout, Ryne Drummonds is turning some heads during summer league play in Canada. On the season, the Sylacauga native has a 3-0 record for the Regina Red Sox and he leads the league in strikeouts with 24. Drummonds played a vital role in the team winning the championship last season. He was the winning pitcher in the championship game.

“Yes, I’m claimed to be the No.1, but our whole starting rotation is a number one,” Drummonds said. “We get the best arm we can and all of them are top-notch. The ultimate goal this summer is to three-peat. Our organization has been to the finals the last three years. We won it the past two years, but coming up to Canada with this organization is fantastic. They teach you how to be better and are loyal men on and off the field.”

Drummonds is elated to play with his best friend Chase Benfield one last time. The two have played high school baseball together, and they played together last season at Talladega College.

“Since Chase (Benifield) moved to Alabama when we were 11 we have been on the same team just about every year including summer bal, so him coming up again just gives another great opportunity to play one last time,“ Drummonds said.

The 6-foot-1 240 pound pitcher had a 5-6 record this season at Talladega College. He held opposing batters to an average of .227; he allowed 69 hits while facing 304 batters. He allowed 32 runs and 26 were earned. He struck out 86 batters, while walking 24.

“My senior year was great getting to come back closer to home and play with friends that I have played with growing up,” he said. “I thank coach Ramos because I had already turned him down twice and he still took me when I decided to transfer at this time last year.”

Transferring to TC also gave Drummonds a chance to play with his younger brother.

“Playing with my brother for my last year was great,” Drummonds said. “We are pretty close. Not many people can say you played your last year of college ball with your brother. I am glad that he was able to come to play with me this summer too. Most memorable moment at TC was the tournament, my previous three years I had never made it to the conference tourney. To do that and as hard as we battled when no team in that tourney believed we should be there.”

The Tornadoes fell short of reaching their goal of making the NAIA National tournament. TC fell in the Unaffiliated Group of Tran South Athletic and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament. TC showed a lot of fight, as they were able to come from behind to win two games.

Drummonds had a career game in his last outing on the mound. The right handed hurler struck out 19 batters in nine innings in a 5-2 loss to Martin Methodist.

“The tournament was great,” Drummonds said. “We battled the whole time. I think we were down 6-7 runs in each game and came back and won two of them. The last game was the best game I have ever pitched. I threw the opening night and went 95 pitches and sat out Wednesday and threw again Thursday night. I think it was 142 pitches in nine innings. I told (TC assistant coach) Jesse (Sharbutt) that I was going to throw if we went to the fourth game even if I didn’t have any rest and I wasn’t coming out. This was my last time on the hill in my college career.”

Playing professional baseball has always been a dream of Drummonds and next spring it may become a reality.

“I have had a few teams contact me for pro ball and they want me to wait until the 2014 season since I have over 100 innings on my arm. I also may have a chance to go to Europe and play which will be pretty cool.”

© 2013