ANDERSON, Ind. —
“That was a fun experience, for sure,” Wilson said. “Being able to win the sectional before you graduate, that can’t be taken away. That was the funnest year. Senior year was fun, too, but I think we all expected a little more.”
Anderson finished with a more than respectable 20-6 record this season, but it wound up as a campaign of almosts. The Indians finished second in the Muller tournament after a loss to Pendleton Heights in the final. They were one game behind New Castle in the final NCC standings, and they dropped a tight 2-0 decision against eventual champion Greenfield-Central in the sectional semifinals.
Wilson also came within a whisker of a perfect season.
His only blemish was a 4-3 loss at Logansport in which the Berries scored three runs in the sixth inning without hitting the ball out of the infield.
Almost perfect. Almost champions. Almost a season for the ages.
Through it all, Wilson was a vocal leader when he needed to be. When he wasn’t on the mound, he played centerfield and helped the Indians offense from the top of the lineup.
He refuses to let the near misses haunt him. By any measure, Anderson had an outstanding run during his career. And he’s right to focus on the positive.
“There’s nothing to regret,” he said. “These were the best four years of my life.”
The question is what’s next?
In August, he’ll report to Danville Community College in Illinois and begin preparing for a 25-game fall schedule. The highlight will come Sept. 29 at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium where the team will play immediately following a major league game between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.
Beyond that, the kid who never backs down from a challenge is keeping all of his options open.