We’ve all heard the axiom that baseball is America’s pastime. While it may seem like baseball is an easygoing kind of sport, the work necessary to compete is far from easy. As if loading up athletically wasn’t enough, Cedar’s own Treyson Esplin has taken upon himself an academic workload that would make any parent proud.
Already focused on his chosen career when baseball ends, Treyson looks forward to following in the footsteps of his father Nate. “I really enjoy school and am taking a lot of AP and college concurrent classes. Right now I feel like I would like to go into the field of accounting. Numbers are pretty easy for me, and I think it’s cool that my father is an accountant.”
Numbers would certainly need to be something one would have to love to take courses like AP Calculus and AP Statistics. Both courses demand a great deal of time. Throw in AP Psychology, AP Biology, and college concurrent Spanish on top of sports and you’ve got a serious workload. “He does very well in school,” says Nate, Treyson’s father.
“He works very hard and has taken a very challenging course load. It has been really great to see his ability to not only succeed in baseball, but to also see him succeed in the classroom. He really maintains that focus both on and off the field. He is very dedicated to doing well in the classroom.”
Treyson is the kind of guy that goes in early and stays late, willing to put in all the time, effort and energy to accomplish a goal, doing whatever it take to get the job done is natural to him. You would be hard pressed to see anything different.
“One thing that Coach Fieldsted is always teaching us is that we need to not only be good players, but also good young men.”
Treyson’s love for the game of baseball came early. Beginning to play at the age of two, he found out quickly that baseball was something he not only enjoyed, but was also something he excelled at. “It has always been fun for me,” says Treyson. “Ever since I was young I have been able to do well in baseball so getting really involved was easy to do. I’ve always loved playing and competing together with my teammates. It’s really fun.”
It’s easy to understand his love for the game with all the action Treyson sees playing second or third base. Fortunate enough to start for the third year on his team, the young ballplayer has proven to be an asset for the Redmen.
Being the oldest of four children, Treyson fully understands the role and impact he has on his siblings through his examples. Choosing to take the more difficult and challenging path in school provides a compass of sorts for his siblings. They get to witness first hand. When their older brother succeeds, then work to follow his lead.
Athletically, the lessons that Treyson learns and brings home are no different. Treyson has adopted the positive influence and mindset his of baseball coaches. What they have impressed upon him has had a far-reaching effect on the Esplin family, starting with the respect between a player and his coach.
“One thing that Coach Fieldsted is always teaching us is that we need to not only be good players, but also good young men. He is always trying to get us to be better examples to all of our peers,” shares Treyson. “In our clubhouse we have a sign that says, ‘The name on the front of your jersey represents your school and your coach and the name on the back of your jersey represents your parents.”
Knowing the importance of representing his team and his family well, Treyson has learned to handle both success and defeat in the games.
Finding his fellow Redmen down by nine runs in the fifth inning of the State Championships, Treyson would be part of one of the most exciting rallies the region has seen. Scoring a run and RBI during that same inning, the Redmen would rack up ten runs to take the lead. “When we were playing against Pine View we were able to close out the inning up 11-10 after being down so much. We completely changed our attitude that inning. We realized that we’ve scored a lot in a single inning before during the season, and that we could score on Pine View, and were still in the ball game. We flipped our energy and because we were the aggressive ones attacking, Pine View was on the defense. It was so cool to see.”
Yet, like so often in sports, the momentum shifted the other way again, and the Redmen would fall to the Panthers. “Losing was real hard, especially after that comeback. We knew our season was finally over; and that we were six outs away from forcing another game, and giving ourselves a chance to win a state championship. After loosing we realized that it was time to start working on the next year. We had a really good year. No one expected us to be where we were at. We accomplished so much even though we lost. Though it hurt to lose, it was still really cool to see how far we had come.”
Nate is appreciative of all that his son has learned from fellow teammates and coaches, and feels blessed to have such an, “incredible young man. He really has a great group of friends. They have been together since they were eight years old. He has had great coaches growing up ever since he’s been in grade school, and has continued through high school. Coaching has been such a great thing. Coach Fieldsted is almost like a dad to Treyson. He is like that will all the boys. He cares more about what they are doing off the field than on the field. That means a lot to us as parents, to know how much he has been supported by all of his coaches.” When it comes to what makes Treyson unique, Lindsay, his mother, shares what means the most to her as she has watched her son grow up into the young man he has become. “He is more of a quiet leader, and such a good example to his younger siblings. Tanner, who is 14 years old and Treyson’s younger brother, wants to be just like him, and is not afraid to admit to Treyson that he is his idol. I am just so very proud of who he has become.”
“Since I know people watch me,” says Treyson, “it shows me how much of an impact I can have on others. When I was younger I was able to get an autograph from Bryce Harper, [MVP for the National League in 2015] and on his autograph he quoted the scripture Luke 1:37, and that has always stuck with me. I know that nothing is impossible and that I can do anything, and that I can always be an example for good to others at the same time.” • HSSI