Anna senior Koy Harris has received an academic scholarship to attend Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and will play baseball for the Kangaroos. On Monday, May 1, at Anna High School, he made his college plans official, signing a letter of intent to attend the school as family, friends and coaches looked on.

Harris has been a starting pitcher, as well as a first and third baseman for Anna’s Coyotes since his freshman year.

“I’m so excited,” he said. “I’m ready to go to Austin College and do what I can for them. I like the coach there, (Mike Ramsey), and I like the school. I’m just so ready for it to start.”

Harris added that he’ll miss “all the people” at Anna — “mainly” Coyote head baseball coach Joey Hector.

“Just him yelling at everybody and the intensity he brings out on the baseball field,” Harris said. “I’m definitely going to miss my time with the guys here, people I’ve grown up with.”

Hector, of course, was on hand for the signing and he offered these words.

“He’s been a part of our pitching staff for four years,” Hector said of Harris. “His first time on the high school mound was against Princeton in a district game, as a freshman. He’s been a vital part of our success over the time he’s been on varsity. … We’re going to have a hard time finding somebody to eat up the innings he’s pitched over the last couple of years. The last two years he’s been our ace. … He’s been a good teammate and he’s been a good leader. The kids enjoy him. I got to know a whole other side of Koy this year when we went out to the Harmony baseball tournament. We had a good time. He was kind of the leader of the entertainment. … We’re real proud of him and what he’s getting to do next year.”

“We’re excited for him, very proud,” Harris’ father Bryan Harris said. “He worked hard on and off the field. And we, especially his mother, always pushed academics first. You can only play baseball for a short period of time, but education is for a lifetime. It’s paid off. He got a really nice academic scholarship to Austin College.”

Added his mother, Lori Harris, “To get a ride like he’s getting from his academics, and then to be able to play baseball is an extra bonus to him. The (Austin College) coaches impressed him a lot.”

Division III Austin College competes in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Hector said he certainly plans to catch some ‘Roo games next year.

“I’m sure, once I get the schedule, I’ll sit out there with this mom and dad, and we’ll hang out and watch the baseball game,” Hector said. “Anytime I get to see my old baseball players play, I love to go do that.”