Byndom Excels on Diamond and Gridiron

Lufkin free safety Carrington Byndom has patrolled the secondary for the Lufkin Panthers for the last two seasons. This year, Byndom also manned the leadoff spot and left field for the state runner-up baseball Panthers. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with Byndom to discuss his plans for the rest of the summer now that his baseball season is over.

Lufkin three-sport star and Texas Longhorn commitment Carrington Byndom says it seems like he hasn't had a day off since Christmas. Byndom's Lufkin Panthers played deep into June as his team played for the 5A state championship at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

"We made it to the state championship game and lost 12-7 to El Paso Socorro," Byndom said. "I didn't play as well as I could have in the state tournament but we played well as a team."

The speedy Byndom was the leadoff batter and played left field in his first season on baseball varsity for the Panthers. Byndom, who hit .355 in district, was his district's Newcomer of the Year. He was known as a table-setter for his club.

"The object is for me to get on (base) and basically set up our team to score so we can get out ahead early," Byndom added.

In addition to baseball this spring, Byndom also anchored the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams and also did the long jump at track meets that did not conflict with his baseball schedule.

As a result of his busy schedule, Byndom did not attend either June mini-camp at Texas, but he is trying to return to Austin to unofficially visit the ‘Horns.

"I may try to go down just to visit later in the summer," said Byndom.

Despite starring on the diamond this season, Byndom knows that his future will be on the gridiron.

"Football is my main priority. I haven't really talked to the coaches about playing both sports, but if they give me a shot at playing both sports, I'd take it."

Byndom has earned All-District honors in football both as a sophomore and a junior where he combined for 157 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery, but that hasn't stopped him from following the Longhorns run to Omaha.

"I am pulling real hard for the Horns in Omaha. I am watching every game," Byndom said.

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