Trevor Peoples had a lot of time to ponder his opportunity.
On the two car rides that spanned 360 miles, Peoples analyzed his opportunity — and gained information about the stakes, about what he had to do to fulfill a lifelong dream.
The Kingston alumnus had this time because, two weeks ago, Mother Nature nulled his scheduled outing during an American Legion tournament in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in front of a Carl Albert State College baseball coach.
On that night in western Arkansas, the parties — including Ardmore Cardinals coach Bubba Tamez — agreed upon an arrangement. Tamez said the Vikings would “love to see” Peoples pitch.
Bodee Coffman had to travel to Poteau, to enroll at Carl Albert State College. Peoples rode with Coffman on June 19 to Poteau.
Peoples chuckled at the recollection of the car rides’ duration.
“It was really boring,” Peoples said. “I was happy to get the opportunity, to go there and try out.
“Coffman told me all about the program (on our trip). He told me (CASC head) coach (Tyler) Guthrie is a really good coach and he thought I’d like it.”
Upon arrival, while Coffman — an Ardmore High School alumnus took care of academic business — Peoples threw a bullpen session.
“I’ve worked my whole life just to continue to play as long as I can,” Peoples said. “I’m really excited.”
Coffman expressed similar emotions on Peoples’ status as his teammate.
“It’s going to be fun,” Coffman said. “He throws really hard. He should get to play some next year as a freshman, pitching.
“I’m excited for Trevor. I’m glad he gets to go play college baseball. I know he really wants to.”
The team, sponsored by American National Bank, helped Peoples land an opportunity to pursue his dream.
“It’s tough whenever you come out unsigned and have to play during the summer trying to find a place to play,” Tamez said. “Trevor stayed hooked up. He struggled a little bit at times.”
According to Mapquest, it’s 201 miles from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Kingston.
The next day, Peoples and Coffman drove 159 miles one way to Poteau.
“He stayed hooked up, Tamez continued. “They saw his potential. It’s really exciting to send another southern Oklahoma kid off to Carl Albert to play for them.
“I’m really proud,” Tamez said, “of Trevor and his accomplishments.”
The Cardinals return to the field this weekend for a tournament in Okmulgee.