The afterglow of a state championship continued for Port St. Joe’s Bryce Register last week.
Register, part of the Tiger Shark baseball team that captured the state Class 1A championship this past spring, signed a full scholarship to attend Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL.
“It feels awesome, just a relief of the stress,” Register said.
During his high school years, Register said he had expressed interest and had interest expressed in him by several area two-year schools, including Chipola and Gulf Coast State Colleges.
The attraction to Bishop State was mutual, particularly after Register had worked out for his new coaches.
“I’ve got a starting spot,” Register said. “I loved it up there. It was real nice.”
Register will play shortstop, his natural position in high school, for Bishop State, while pursuing a general education degree with an eye on advancing to a four-year school in two years.
“I was very privileged to coach Bryce for the five months or so I had him,” said Coach Ashley Summerlin, coming off his first season at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. “They are getting a player who is very dedicated, a kid who loves the game and loves to practice.
“Just a good kid in general.”
Register moved around a bit this past season for the Tiger Sharks, who finished 18-12, a record that belies the hot streak they rode in the postseason to a title.
Register started the season at short, moved to third base for a period midseason and was returned to shortstop after the midpoint.
And, of course, Register also pitched in 12 games.
“He was able to do a little bit of everything for us this year,” Summerlin said. “Offensively, he didn’t get off to the start he would have liked, but he helped carry us in the playoffs, especially the title game.
“He got hot just as we were getting hot.”
For the season, Register hit .250 with a .650 combined on-base and slugging percentage.
He drove in 14 and scored 17 runs while hitting seven doubles, a triple and stealing two bases in four attempts.
On the mound, he was 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 12 appearances.
And, he said, he learned a broader lesson in during his senior season and the title ring he will soon own.
“I learned how to win, (Summerlin) taught me that, absolutely,” Register said.
Bishop State went 15-31 last season, 9-21 in the Alabama Community College Conference.
“He can definitely help (Bishop State), whether it is on offense or in the field,” Summerlin said.
“The thing I am proudest of is the young man he has become.”
Register has also played summer ball for years.
During various summers, he has played for the Powermill Sports Facility, Orlando Stingers, Orlando Scorpions and Evosheild Florida.