Scorching-hot Bynum raises average 62 points in 5 games

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 14, 2015

He was so-so for most of the Western Arizona College baseball season, and then Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks heated up to remind everybody why he was so coveted.

The freshman outfielder doubled his batting average with a 12-for-24 clip over a five-game stretch that saw his team go unbeaten. 

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, is now hitting .319 in 27 games and showing off the talent that saw last year’s Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year get drafted in the 18th round by the Cincinnati Reds.

He was only the second Alaska non-pitcher to be a top-20 draft pick. The first was Trajan Langdon in 1994.

Bynum started slowly by his standards, hitting just .257 after his first 21 games at Western Arizona. He definitely picked it up, though.

The 6-foot left-handed hitter collected at least two hits in the next five games to raise his batting average 62 points in less than a week.

In one game against Gateway College, he entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning with his team down 6-1. He singled and later scored as part of a three-run inning. Then in the eighth he singled, stole second and scored the tying run in an eventual 7-6 win.

The next day during a doubleheader against Phoenix College he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 1 and 3-for-6 with a double, run and RBI in Game 2.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.