Bryson Bloomer will be spending his next two years in a Murray State baseball uniform, so as transitions go, it's fitting that the remainder of his summer will be with the Paducah Chiefs.
A graduate of Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, he played the last two seasons with Lincoln Trail College, a community college in Robinson, Illinois, 88 miles north of Evansville, Indiana.
The notion to transfer for Bloomer, a highly-touted athlete for Racers skipper Dan Skirka and his staff who hit .355 in 33 games for Lincoln Trail last season, came after a brief period of rejuvenation once the junior college season ended.
"I'm blessed to be here," said Bloomer, who has been with the Chiefs a little longer than a week. "The first few days was spent getting to know the guys. I've had the opportunity to get to hang out with them outside of baseball and build those relationships. It's been cool."
Like some of his summer teammates, there was a bit of an adjustment going from a metro area in Lexington to rural Robinson, which by last count (2017) had a population of 7,453 -- some 314,000 fewer than Lexington.
"It was a good opportunity to focus in on the important things," said Bloomer, who plays third base and shortstop. "It (Lincoln Trail) is a baseball school. I was blessed to spend two years there."
Still, the introduction to live college pitching wasn't as severe for Bloomer as it is for many.
"I knew what it was like to see a 90 mile-per-hour fastball and stuff like that," he said. "Sometimes there's an adjustment at that level."
In the classroom, he's hoping to earn a degree in engineering from Murray State, after starting out as a construction management major at Lincoln Trail.
"Playing baseball and trying to get an engineering degree, I was a little bit worried," Bloomer said. "So, construction management was a little bit below that. After baseball, I'll probably finish my engineering degree at (the University of Kentucky)."