It's long been a dream of Cody Ewest to play college baseball.
But when he was offered an opportunity to do such after his senior season in 2010, Ewest decided to turn down the offer to play at Gordon Junior College.
"I didn't make the wisest decision the first time I got a chance to play college baseball," the 18-year-old Ewest admitted during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror Jan. 13.
At the time, Ewest said, he had played a lot of baseball and simply felt burned out.
"I thought I just needed a break," said Ewest.
He's since been given a second chance.
And he plans to make good on it.
Instead of attending classes and playing ball at Gordon Junior College, Ewest has accepted an opportunity to continue his education and to play baseball at Becker College in Worchester, Mass.
"I can't believe I've gotten a second chance to play college baseball," said Ewest, who was a starter for four years with the Thomson High School Bulldogs. "It really means a lot to me to get this opportunity again."
Ewest, the son of Cheryl and Dick Williams and Jimmy Ewest, of Polk County, Fla., flew out of Hartsville-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Sunday so he could register and begin classes at the NCAA Division III institution on Monday.
Once settled in at Becker College, Ewest will join two of his former teammates at Thomson High School, Westin Meehan and Austin Phillips -- who both play baseball there.
"I'm looking forward to playing baseball with them again," said Ewest, who agreed to play at Becker after a telephone call from recruiting coach Dan Briand. "I'm really looking forward to it."
Ewest hopes to become a starter there his first year.
Both Meehan and Phillips have done well at Becker. In fact, Meehan, who plays catcher and first base, was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2010. He and Phillips have seen a lot of playing time.
"I'm hoping I can help them with some run production," said Ewest. "They're expecting me to play right away. I hope I can go there, work hard and make the team."
Right now, Ewest is simply thankful that he's received a second chance.
Coaches at Becker College had wanted Ewest to play for them before he opted on playing at the junior college in Georgia.
When he decided not to play baseball right away after graduation from Thomson High School, Ewest decided he would find a job and go to work.
Since then, he said, he's had time to think about his initial decision and didn't like how he handled it.
"This second chance gives me the opportunity to make it right, now," said Ewest.