BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla - It was a normal sight in the Horne household to see knocked down Christmas ornaments and a little kid in a diaper with a plastic baseball bat.
"As long as I can remember, he has had a bat in his hand," said Blountstown's Head Baseball Coach, Emory Horne.
Bryson Horne wouldn't have it any other way.
"When I could start walking, swinging the bat, I started playing and I fell in love with it," said Blountstown Senior, Bryson Horne.
Now the Blountstown Senior hits walk-off grand slams and his love for baseball has not faded one bit.
"I hadn't lost it at all. I still have the burning passion for it and I want to keep playing," said Horne.
His passion is contagious which makes Bryson a leader on the powerhouse, Blountstown Tiger baseball squad.
"Kids follow him that is what he does, they see him working hard in the classroom and on the field.He is one of the kids to be the first one here and the last one to leave," said Coach Horne.
It's not just on the fields where Bryson leads.
He also sets the example in the classroom as he maintains a 4.2 GPA.
"They always said school comes before sports, before baseball and football. They always told me if I don't have the grades then I cant play so they always gave me a high standard to work towards so I can play," said Horne.
His advice is simple.
"It doesn't matter where you're from. You can be from an 8A school to a 1A school like we are but as long as you are good and have the grades then you'll be alright," said Horne.
Next up for Bryson is Georgia Highlands where he will continue his baseball career at the next level and further his education but at the end of the day his heart will remain in his hometown.
"It's going to hit me hard when I realize that I won't ever put on a Tiger uniform again but I feel like I left a good enough legacy here to live the rest of my life," said Horne.
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