Riley Brant is enjoying his summer with the Sedalia Bombers.
“We’re having a lot of fun and winning a lot of games,” he said.
Winning is something Brant saw a lot of in high school. At Tipton he was the starting quarterback of a Cardinals football team, which reached the state semifinal in 2012 and a few months later was at the heart of a powerful Tipton baseball lineup that scored 31 runs in three games to win the Kaysinger Conference Tournament and scored 10 or more runs in 10 of their 16 games.
“Tipton’s a smaller school but they win a lot and they have good athletes who come out of Tipton,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “His work ethic he gets from Tipton. He has a great work ethic.”
The speed of the game is something Brant is still getting used to. He is also getting used to the competitiveness he is seeing this summer, but feels he can pick up the pace.
“It took him time to catch up, but he seems to be finally getting comfortable with the surroundings,” Kindle said. “The game’s a little faster here and he seems to be catching up with the game.”
He’s also adjusting to using wood bats this season. With the Bombers, he has appeared in 11 games and has five hits and five RBIs.
“With the new bat changes in college, it’s not too bad,” he said.
In the field, he is getting comfortable, recording a .941 fielding percentage. Despite the faster pace, he said the key is to stay with his fundamentals and try to make the play.
The first year of college for Brant saw him playing at St. Louis Community College where he hit .257 in 24 games and drove in 12 runs. He said he is not sure where he will play next year.
“Living on your own is an adjustment but it went pretty smoothly,” he said. “Not a bad year, the first year.”