With 14 seniors, five juniors and only one underclassman on the varsity roster, the Titans baseball team is one of the oldest rosters in the Kansas City metro area. With the experience, comes expectations.
The Titan roster includes four Division 1 baseball commits and every senior on the team is headed to play baseball at the next level after the season.
“I think the collection of talent that we have is what is going to make us go as far as we expect to go,” junior Trevor Kardell said.
That collection of talent has been together for a while, as almost the entire senior class of players have grown together.
“The bond that we have formed together while playing over the past four years is something that cannot just be replicated every year,” senior Bryan Payton said. “There are so many times where we know each other’s next move because of playing together.”
As the team has grown closer together, the talent has also improved Payton said.
“Being so close has allowed us to be able to just go out and hit or field or just go out and do something that will allow us to be so much better,” Payton said.
Senior Cade Clemons said that he believes that with the brotherhood the players have, they will be able to accomplish many things this year.
“Obviously winning state is everybody’s goal coming into the season,” Clemons said. “However, this is a year that you realistically say, ‘You know what, this may be the closest we ever come to accomplishing what we want to do.’”
Kardell said he believes that if the team plays to their highest potential, they have a good shot at that special five letter word: state.
“I truly believe that if we go out there and play our brand of Titan baseball, there is nobody out there that can match us,” Kardell said. “What other school has as many D1 and overall college commits as we do? I cannot really think of any that are in our class.”