‘It’s devastating’: How 2 Triangle baseball players strive forward as coronavirus cuts senior season short

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — John Mason Rogers and Trey Baker get together on a cold, drizzly, dreary Wednesday morning to get in some soft-toss.

It may be as close to baseball as they are going to get having seen their senior season cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“For me, baseball is pretty much my first love,” said Trey Baker. “It’s kind of hard knowing this is my last year playing baseball. It’s devastating for us and I just wish I could play this last season with the guys.”

Baker, though, has had a competitive season under his belt this year, leading the Pride football team to the state finals. But for Rogers, baseball is his only sport. It’s a sport he prepares for year-round.

“I’ve known these kids since middle school,” explains Rogers. “Everyone talks about when you’re a freshman and a sophomore that your senior season is going to be the best. Obviously we are super disappointed and there’s only so much you can do about it.”

Luckily for Rogers he had the foresight to make sure he was seen heading into his senior campaign.

College coaches got to see him play in the fall. But in some cases, a players senior year on the field is all coaches have to go on when it comes to recruiting.

“In the fall luckily I was reaching out to all the coaches so I had my options all sorted out,” said Rogers. “But I can see how other kids from around the county would have used this season as a recruiting standpoint. I can see how they might be disappointed because they may not get recruited.”

This senior class is navigating throught uncharted times and some day they’ll have quite the story to tell their children.

“Us seniors were born when 9/11 was happening and now we’re graduating when there’s a global pandemic so this is pretty crazy.”

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