Columbus celebrates college signees; baseball seniors reflect on lost season

Columbus celebrated three baseball signees and one soccer signee Friday.

It’s a celebration only a handful of high school student-athletes get to enjoy.

“I’ve dreamed of playing collegiate baseball since I was a little kid,” says Columbus senior Will Eddington.

“It means a lot to me,” adds Clay Saporito, “I’ve been working for a long time to get here…it just feels great.”

Columbus High School celebrated three baseball players Friday who have signed to play at the college level; Clay Saporito (Crowder), Will Eddington (Labette) and Alec Damrill (Labette).

“My family went the JUCO route,” Damrill says, “My uncle went to Butler and my grandma went to Labette. So I wanted to go to Labette.” 

While the celebration is a bright spot for these Titans, it’s not the celebration they expected to have in May.

“We could have won state this year,” Eddington adds.

COVID-19 erased the baseball season for these seniors.

After years of playing together, going winless as freshmen to winning 13 games as juniors, they’ll never know of all their work would have paid off in the biggest way.

“It kind of sits in the back of your head, wondering about what if we could have gone to state,” Damrill adds, “It would have been the first team in Columbus to actually go.” 

“We obviously had high expectations for this year,” Saporito says, “To get that shot down, it’s really tough.” 

“I’ve played baseball with these kids since I was 8. We were ready for this moment,” Eddington finishes, “This year was going to be our year. ” 

While their time wearing the Columbus jersey is over, they’re all getting a chance to keep playing elsewhere.

For now, that will have to do.

“I know that the whole town behind me has my back,” Saporito finishes, “No matter what happens, I’ll still have people in my corner.” 

Columbus also celebrated the signing of senior soccer player Reese White. Hear from him below.