Senior Trevor Callaghan, the All-League first teamer from Lakeview High School, received a “life changing” text message on Thursday, May 30.
As the lefty pitcher was on the school bus en route to his senior picnic, his cell phone buzzed a familiar buzz, but yielded a strange and abnormal message.
On the small, glossy screen was text message from Oregon Institute of Technology head baseball coach Matt Miles inviting Callaghan to play Fall Ball for the Hustlin’ Owls.
Callaghan was elated. The first person he reached out to was his sister Danielle, who then relayed a message to his mother, Robin. The message would not say what happened, but instead urged Robin to call her son.
When she did and he informed her of the news, his mother could not control her excitement.
The invitation is a stepping-stone to extend his baseball career, providing him with an opportunity to earn a spot on the team.
If Callaghan proves himself in the Fall Ball season, he gives himself a chance to earn some field time for Miles’ baseball team in the spring season.
Callaghan had already committed to the college, but his baseball career was up in the air.
When he and his father, Rod Callaghan, toured the college for a campus preview months ago, Miles met the two and showed them the facilities.
Callaghan expressed his desire to play for coach Miles, and has been eagerly awaiting word ever since.
When he read the text message, he was at a loss for words. “I wasn’t sure (what I was thinking),” he said. “I was really excited.”
Miles stated that he looks for quality guys in the Southern Oregon Area to be on his baseball team.
“We have to find young men that are capable of handling Oregon Tech academically and play ball for us,” he said. “It was a good fit.”