Mizzou Baseball Seniors Make Future Plans
COLUMBIA - The Missouri baseball team played its last game of the season at Taylor Stadium last Sunday. The team went out with a bang on a Conner Mach walk-off hit. Nine seniors will be leaving the program. Five of them -- Ryan Ampleman, Johah Schmidt, Kelly Fick, Andrew Thigpen and Brad Buehler -- played together since freshman year.
Schmidt said, "I've enjoyed every second of it. It's been a great ride. It was great to go out on top and winning how we did on a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth."
Buehler said, "It's hard to say goodbye and it was fun while it lasted. Great time, great coaches, loved being here, loved the atmosphere."
Ampleman said the hardest part will be missing all the time together post-season.
Jesse Santo transferred from junior college his junior season. He is from Little Falls, New Jersey and said he's been away from home since his freshmen year playing baseball. Having a team makes everything a lot easier.
Some tigers graduated while others still have classes to finish. Some hope to be drafted to play baseball and others aren't as certain.
Buehler said he isn't sure of his future.
"If it comes this summer and I happen to maybe get picked up that'd be awesome, that's what I plan to do but if not I still haven't made my decision if I'm going to play somewhere else or go on with life and take my degree and continue with life and try to be successful."
Schmidt's answer is a bit surprising, "Hopefully I get drafted and continue to play baseball but if that doesn't work out I am really not sure what I'll do. I have another semester here so I might go punt for the football team but it just depends on the draft."
Ampleman said, "I'm going to coach this summer. It's a traveling team. It's a team me and a bunch of the guys on this team played for this team in high school so it's kind of cool going back and doing that."
"I might want to be a personal trainer," said Santo, "work with some players and ordinary people trying to get a healthier lifestyle."
The baseball team plays its last Big 12 series at Nebraska May 19, 20, and 21. The team will wait to see if it qualifies for the Big 12 Tournament that starts May 25.