“It’s just been amazing,” Schreiber said. “It’s going to be just like next year in the dorms. All of us together, just like we are with the host family. It’s perfect. We all get to see each other pitch and he (Birkbeck) gets to find out from the coach (Mielcarek) how we all did collectively.”
Almost as important, they get a chance to get to know each other on and off the diamond.
“We are getting along well,” Schreiber said. “Perfect. Eli is very talkative and we like that. He knows what to say all the time. Zach is kind of quiet, but me and him are rooming together. I think that will be a great time.”
Kraus saw the possibilities of this being a great experience early on.
“It’s cool,” Kraus said. “We’ve known each other for a couple of months since both of them committed. We actually ended up rooming together down here, so we are kind of looking at what the future is going to be like. It’s pretty cool, I thought. I wanted to get that experience down. I think it’s a good start to what we’re going to be doing in the future.”
The Golden Flashes are coming off a 36-23 record and made it to the regional round of the NCAA tournament. Willeman, Schreiber and Kraus hope to help the team improve upon that next season.
But no matter what happens in the future, the trio say they will remember their summer excursion or to Oklahoma as the beginning what they hope is a great career together.
“Knowing they are going to be my teammates, it’s going to be a great time next year at Kent,” Willeman said. “Hopefully we go out there and dominate. Coach Birkbeck is a great guy. He knows his stuff. He’s going to get us better and hopefully get us to the big leagues some day. We will always look back at these memories and remember them and see how great they were.”
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