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Justice Lynn has a plan.
Well, actually the recent Fike High graduate has two plans. The first is to go to Chowan University and play baseball and major in biology with the idea of becoming a veterinarian some day.
“I want to be a vet. Honestly, that’s my plan,” Lynn said Wednesday, three days before he leaves for Murfreesboro to enroll at Chowan.
The other plan is to work as hard as he did between his junior and senior seasons at Fike, resulting in him earning a spot on the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association’s 3-A All-State team this past spring, and try to fulfill his ultimate dream of being a professional baseball player.
“I am determined to be drafted and I know I have to go to college to get drafted; so, I had to step up my game from junior year to senior year so I could play,” said the high-energy teenager.
That included a rigorous weight program that boosted the 5-foot-7 flyhawk outfielder’s weight to 150 after weighing just 125 as a junior. The transformation was evident in his performance as well. Lynn led Fike with a .507 batting average with six doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs. He had an on-base percentage of .533 and stole 14 bases.
“My junior year was my first year playing for Fike and it wasn’t bad, but I know I could have done better,” said Lynn, who went to Hunt as a freshman and Rocky Mount Academy in 10th grade. “So, my senior year came and I was, like, weight room, weight room, eat right, practice, practice, practice and do what I needed to do to get ready to go.”
That level of dedication helped Lynn attract recruiting attention from Chowan’s NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas rival Barton College as well as Div. II West Virginia State and Wake Tech of the National Junior College Athletic Association. However, even before his senior season, when Lynn “wasn’t really out-there out there yet,” he got an offer from North Dakota State of the Div. I Summit League.
Lynn said he seriously considered joining the Bison and making Fargo his home for the next few years. He asked Golden Demons head coach Buck Edmundson for his opinion.
“I was, like, “Coach E, what about North Dakota State?’ and he was, like, ‘North Dakota State? I mean, if that’s what you want to do,’” Lynn said with a grin.
But Lynn decided to wait and started to garner attention from schools closer to home. However, he still wasn’t sure of what his plan should be until Edmundson reached out to his contacts at Chowan.
“It was really Coach E who helped me. It was right there at the end and I was confused and didn’t know what I was going to do,” Lynn said.
Around the end of the school year, Lynn took a visit to Chowan and met Hawks head coach Taylor Furlough.
“So I went to talk to him and I liked what he was saying and I liked the campus,” Lynn said. “It just seemed like my fit and I was thinking: ‘This is a much better fit than North Dakota State!’”
The son of Natasha Lynn of Richmond, Virginia, and Jeffrey Lynn of Wilson, Justice Lynn said he looks forward to being able to focus on baseball and working on his game as much as he can.
“I can do it anytime I want to when I get to college and that’s going to help me a lot. That’s how I need it,” he said.
After all, he’s seen the results of working hard and he’s got a master plan, that involves studying hard, working hard and maybe hearing his name called at the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in 2021.
“That’s definitely the plan,” he said. “I’m a very dedicated person and I know what it’s going to take and I’m going to do that.”