Baseball players are often vocal, loudly encouraging teammates from the field or bench. Senior Trenton Hubley takes a different approach during practices and games.
“Trenton is one of those quiet leaders,” said Timber Creek head coach Derek Watson. “He has been with us for four years now and he is a solid player. He has come along and does a great job for us at the plate and in the outfield.”
The team captain started with the Falcons varsity as a freshman, when the school itself was in its infancy.
“It was a big step for an eighth-grader to go to varsity,” Watson said. “We are really pleased with how he has come along and emerged and really helped this young program grow.”
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Hubley has taken his role as a leader in stride.
“I’m a pretty quiet guy and I try to lead by example,” he said. “It means a lot to me that my teammates voted me to be a captain and I strive to be a leader and not a follower. I try to let my actions do a lot of the talking and a lot of people try to follow in my footsteps.”
With several sophomores and juniors on the team, Hubley has ample opportunities to share his experience.
“Any time you have a team dynamic your leaders tend to rise to the top,” Watson said. “Trenton has a level head on his shoulders and a good maturity level.”
Hubley has played baseball since he was four years old, but continues to enjoy the variety offered by the sport.
“What I like the most is that something new can happen every play or every game,” he said. “Every game I see something I’ve never seen before. It is never the same thing.”
He also enjoys the lighthearted mood that the younger players bring to the team.
“There are a lot of younger guys on the team and they have a lot of energy,” he said. “The practices and games are always fun.”
Timber Creek is 18-3-1 for the season and 4-2 in district prior to Tuesday’s game against Fossil Ridge. Before the first half of district play is even complete, the Falcons have more than doubled their previous season record.
“The most games we have won in any one season has been eight, so we have been really pleased this year,” Watson said. “It takes our players working really hard to accomplish something like that.”
Hubley hopes his team carries that dedication beyond district play.
“I would like to see us make it to the playoffs this year,” he said. “We have a lot of new faces on the team and a legitimate shot at making it.”
Even though this is Hubley’s last high school season, he is continuing to play next year at nationally ranked Crowder College in Missouri.
“Knowing that I will still be playing next year has made me play a little more relaxed this year,” he said. “I still give 110 percent, but it has also improved my level of play for me to be more relaxed.”
Before Hubley moves on, he wants to be sure he leaves a legacy for the underclassmen and players to come.
“I want to leave them playing with respect for the game,” he said. “I want them to play hard and do the right things. I am a good person in general and I want to leave that with them.”
The Falcons next face Fossil Ridge at home Tuesday at 7 p.m.