OMAHA, Neb. — Texas reliever Kamron Fields had a challenging decision to make when he came out of high school at Lakeview Centennial in Garland.
Should he play baseball or football as a talented quarterback or try to play both? The Texas freshman had almost a dozen offers, many of them from Power Five conference schools, including Indiana and Kentucky. He wound up picking the Longhorns, in part because of a conversation he had with his mother on the ride home after his visit to Austin two summers ago.
“We were in the car, talking, and my mom said, ‘You know, you never talk about football,'” Fields said during the Longhorns’ practice Saturday morning. “So I guess it was meant to be.”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Fields is a gifted athlete and might well turn into the Longhorns’ closer next season. But he still dreams about what might have been as a quarterback. Who knows, maybe he would have been the next Vince Young.
“Probably better,” the confident Fields said.
PEANUT BUTTER PAYMENT: In Saturday’s newspaper, we told you the tale of left fielder Masen Hibbeler’s run-in with local law enforcement. The police were called Thursday after a baseball hit by Hibbeler in a practice at Bellevue East High School smashed out the back window of a passing car.
Ex-UT first baseman Danny Peoples heard about the incident and offered to pay for the broken windshield. The driver’s insurance, however, covered the damage. Peoples, a founding partner of HomePlate Peanut Butter, is instead sending the driver’s peanut butter-loving grandchildren some of his product.
QUOTABLE: “When situations like that come up, we as a staff, I mean as a whole team, have full confidence in whoever is at the plate that it’s going to happen just because Coach (Gary) Henderson has made us be dogs, be grinders. So we get in the box, and we have absolutely full confidence that we’re going to get this done.” — Mississippi State junior Hunter Stovall
Mississippi State opened its stay at the College World Series on Saturday night with its seventh walk-off win of the season. The 1-0 victory over Washington was the Bulldogs’ third walk-off of a postseason in which they have won seven times. Junior shortstop Luke Alexander, who committed to Mississippi State when he was in the eighth grade, drove in Saturday’s only run with a ninth-inning single.
NOTABLE NUMBER: 11. Arkansas tied a school record when it had 11 players taken in this month’s MLB draft. Five of those draftees — each of whom was taken in the first 10 rounds — started against Texas on Sunday afternoon.
TWEET OF THE DAY: During a weather delay in Texas’ game against Arkansas, a Razorbacks fan attempted to pass some time on the field. That fan, though, was quickly greeted — and tackled — by a member of the grounds crew at TD Ameritrade Park. No word yet if Texas’ Tom Herman or Arkansas’ Chad Morris has added the unidentified tackler to their recruiting boards.