By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Trevyn Stiles, a relief pitcher most of his high school career at Bedford North Lawrence, has been asked to help save a struggling program.
Stiles, who played two key roles with the Stars, signed with Lincoln Christian University, which is looking to restock its roster and rebuild following an 8-24 campaign in 2019. That’s a challenge Stiles, who has dreamed of playing at the next level, is eager to accept.
The left-handed hurler went 1-1 with. 5.41 ERA in 11 appearances with BNL in 2019, and he doubled as the prime designated hitter with a .270 average and 17 RBIs. As a junior, Stiles was 5-0 in relief with a 4.03 ERA while hitting .317.
He will get an immediate opportunity – plus the chance to play first base – with the Red Lions.
“At one point, I didn’t see myself playing in college,” Stiles said. “It was my dream, and now that I can, it’s amazing.”
Stiles is a baseball lifer, a kid who started tee ball at age 5 and worked his way up. His favorite BNL memory is a ride home from Indian Creek in 2018, a story of what happens on the bus usually stays on the bus. “That was amazing,” was the only hint he gave.
“I love the emotion and excitement of baseball,” he said. “You never know what’s coming.”
Lincoln Christian competes as an independent in NAIA and the NCCAA. It’s a private college (with just over 1,000 students) located in Lincoln, planted in the middle of corn territory Illinois, a four-hour drive to a similar community that makes Stiles comfortable.
“It’s like high school, not that big and not that small,” said Stiles, who plans to major in psychology when he enrolls on Aug. 17. “It felt like home.”