By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Trevor Butler, Cameron Kish and Nick Shumard started playing baseball together in their junior high years.
As juniors and seniors, the trio started for the Harker Heights Knights.
Now that they are graduated, each has to embark on their own personal adventure, going separate directions to live out the dream they shared in junior high ... to play baseball.
"[I'll remember] being with all the players, all the good times, and all the games," said Butler, who has signed with the Ranger College Rangers.
"It'll be different [playing with another team]," he added.
Said Kish, "I hate to leave most of my friends and play with people I don't know."
Kish signed with Hill College and Shumard has signed with Cisco Junior College.
Once teammates, the trio will be opponents, come the spring, squaring off against one another in junior college match-ups.
"They won't look at it much once the game gets going," Knights baseball coach Glenn Cunningham said.
"When the game's over, one'll have bragging rights."
"There's a closeness with these guys," Cunningham added. "I think that will continue in a friendly way and then they'll come home and smack-talk."
Each knows that playing junior college baseball is an opportunity not to be taken lightly.
Any or all three players could find themselves sitting in Division I or II dugouts. And all three imagine just that.
All three have it in their goals to continue playing baseball after their junior college stints are completed.
"It's a great opportunity to go to school and continue to play competitive sports. They have a great chance to build on their skills and hopefully this will be a steppingstone for them," Cunningham said.
Butler and Kish are not sure what it is they want to major in when the fall semester starts and look to their opening semesters to reveal that mystery.
Shumard said he wants to start a major in construction management at Cisco and then will look into Sam Houston State University when it comes time to transfer.
He smiled when he thought of his career choice.
"I get to be outside working with my hands," Shumard said.
The gleam in his eyes was only bigger when he was talking about baseball – when any of the three talked about baseball, as a matter of fact.
"I'm going to go down there, try to get a starting spot, play baseball and start beating people. After that we'll see what happens," Kish said.
"I'm not ready to give it up."
Contact Kevin Posival at firstname.lastname@example.org