Have you ever heard the saying, “you never know what you have until it’s gone?” Let me tell you, this quote is very real. This scenario was something in which nobody could prepare for. But when Coach Beals walked into our locker room on March 12 and told us that we would no longer be continuing the 2020 season, there was an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. It seemed that everything we had worked for was gone. I walked up to the stands after the meeting was over and all I could see were my friends who were visibly struggling with the same reality I was. The comforting aspect of it all, is then knowing the passion we all share for the same game.
It all started in my hometown of Arcanum, Ohio. Small-town sports programs are unlike most. The relationships you create are very close and last a lifetime. Growing up, it was very apparent that baseball was my favorite sport. Although it is hard to find something I am not competitive in, baseball filled my competitive nature more than anything else.
I had always dreamt of playing baseball at the collegiate level but I never received much interest. In the spring of my senior year, Coach Beals and his staff gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful for that. Being a part of this outstanding University and baseball program for the last four years has not been short of life-changing. With the ability to return for another year, it was without a doubt the easiest decision of my life. I am very thankful and honored to represent this exceptional University one more time.