Renfroe's Choices

David Renfroe knew decision time was ahead. That was well before he was drafted 107th overall, a third-round pick, by the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night.

Renfroe, a recent South Panola High graduate, had already signed with Ole Miss to play baseball. It's the school he's followed all his life. His father, Laddie, was a former Rebel pitcher who played professional baseball for the Cubs organization including a short stint with the major league ballclub.

Now that he knows which club has taken him and where he was chosen, Renfroe said he's ready for whatever is ahead.

"It's a great feeling to be drafted by the Red Sox and see what they have to offer," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder.

But his affection for Ole Miss and playing here is also a factor.

"I've been to a lot of games," he said. "I saw all the games against Western Kentucky (in the Regional) and the last two games against Virginia (in the Super Regional). I was working out in Florida (for the Yankees) and got back for the 11 a.m. game Saturday."

His heart is here but it's also with his dream of playing professional baseball. The Red Sox have obviously given him a great chance to do just that.

"It was emotional (Tuesday) night," he said. "I was expecting to go in the first round, then the second round, then the third round."

And the third round was four picks from being over and the draft halted for the night when his name was called.

"It was a little stressful," he said. "There were a lot of emotions last night. But we made it through and I feel a lot better today."

Renfroe, also a football star in high school, is a pitcher and a shortstop. He can also play third base. He's made it clear what he wants to do.

"They understand I don't want to pitch," Renfroe said. "I want to play shortstop so I can play every day."

So now comes the task of negotiating and working through details of his future. Renfroe said all that will likely go into August. The deadline to decide pro or college is Aug. 15.

Signs point to the Red Sox making an offer he might not able to refuse. Renfroe said he looks forward to the process. He can live with it either way.

"If the money isn't right, I can be an Ole Miss Rebel," he said.

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