FAIRMONT — For the last six years, Seth Thorndyke and Randy Floyd have been friends and teammates.
They decided that signing to their college baseball choices would be something they would do together as well.
Floyd signed to play baseball at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Thorndyke signed with Brunswick Community College on Monday as the two all-conference and all-county players made their step to playing college baseball official.
“It’s a privilege since we have played together since middle school. We’ve been together for six years, figured we would sign together,” Thorndyke said. “We’ve been best friends. If only we could continue on, but we’ve got to go our separate ways. It’s going to be different.”
Floyd joins Cole Lovin and Alex Britt as two Fairmont pitchers that are now in the bullpen for the Braves. While playing virtually every position in high school, Floyd will see time as only a pitcher for UNCP.
“I like staying close to home and the coaching staff. Some of the players came from here and I’m really happy with the situation,” Floyd said. “I’ve worked out with him (Lovin) over the summer a little bit and I’ve got the feel of how Pembroke works.”
Floyd has thrown 79 2/3 innings in his career with a 2.46 ERA and 72 strikeouts, and a .250 batting average with 15 RBIs. And while staying close to home is a pro in his choice to go to UNCP, it wasn’t necessarily a driving force in his decision.
“It just happened to work out. I was looking for anywhere and Pembroke gave me the opportunity,” Floyd said.
After committing to Barton early on, a coaching change there led Thorndyke to open up his options once again, and he met with the Brunswick Community College coaching staff after a game played there with a travel team this fall.
“I had committed to Barton and their head coach left, took another job,” he said. “I played a game on Saturday morning after a football game and talked to Coach (Robbie) Allen over there and they gave me the chance and I took it. I like the environment over there.”
Over his three years with Fairmont, Thorndyke has batted .406 with 51 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. He will play mostly catcher for the Dolphins at the next level.
For both, signing to play college baseball fulfilled a dream, and continuing to play a sport that their families love.
“Ever since I figured out I had a chance to play college baseball, I had a bunch of people tell me about how mama played at Pembroke, and she’s in the hall of fame there, and dad was playing at St. Andrews and then got hurt.”
“Since I was little, I’ve grown up and I’ve watched videos of my dad playing,” Floyd said. “I’ve always wanted to be the best that I can be and that’s what my family wanted me to do.”
“They’ve played in the program all four years,” Fairmont coach Sandy Thorndyke. “Randy threw the ball well for us, and then really showed out this summer. (UNCP coach Paul) O’Neil saw him play this summer and liked him on the mound. Seth liked Coach Allen down at Brunswick and he liked him. Both are hard workers and they are going to be good baseball players at the next level.”
Randy is the son of Glenn and Marsha Floyd, and Seth is the son of Sandy and Cindy Thorndyke.
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