A dream came true for former Neosho High standout and Crowder College sophomore Trey Turner on Wednesday.

A dream came true for former Neosho High standout and Crowder College sophomore Trey Turner on Wednesday.
Turner signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Missouri State.
“It’s a great decision,” Turner said. “Besides going to Crowder, it’s the best decision I’ve made baseball wise.
“Going to be a Division I baseball player is one of my childhood dreams. I think that Missouri State was the best fit for me in every which way possible and I think I made the right decision.”
Missouri State comes off a historic 49-12 season in which the Bears reached the Super Regional, losing in three games to Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Bears improved their win total by 23 games from the previous season.
“I saw a few games last year and I really liked what I saw,” Turner said. “I know that this year and next year, they’ll have even better years. We’ll have a national title shot this year and next year and probably the year after that. I’m excited.”
In late June, head coach Keith Guttin received a contract extension through 2019 and a raise for the Bears’ success. Missouri State reached the final 16 for only the second time in school history.
Guttin, a veteran who’s been at the helm at Missouri State since 1983, owns 1,138 career wins with 13 regular season or conference tournament championships in the Missouri Valley Conference and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
The 49 wins marked a school record. The Bears lost a few key players from that team, including pitchers Jon Harris (a first-round pick in the MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays) and Matt Hall, outfielder Tate Matheny and shortstop Joey Hawkins, all of whom signed professional contracts.
“I went for a visit,” Turner said. “I really wanted to go to Missouri State before, but the visit really sold me. The atmosphere, the facility, the people, the coaches and the players. It’s a family deal, like Crowder is, and everything about Missouri State, it‘s just a bigger Crowder. I love Crowder and I don’t want to leave, but I have to … I just look at it as a bigger Crowder.”
Over 47 games his freshman season, Turner led Crowder with 190 at-bats, 41 runs scored, 16 doubles and 11 stolen bases, plus his five home runs were tied for the team lead. Turner was one of only two Crowder position players to play in every game last season.
“Without Crowder College, without Coach Lallemand and the coaching staff,” Turner said, “I have no doubt in my mind that I would not be going to Missouri State. They’ve done so much for me in my development and making me more mature on and off the baseball field. I just think that the way they’ve made me redefine hard work and work ethic is the reason why I’m moving on.”
Over the summer, Turner played for the Branson Nationals of the MINK Collegiate League. Selected as a league all-star for the inaugural contest between North and South divisions, Turner hit .342 (38 for 111) with 10 doubles, four triples, 11 RBI and 21 stolen bases over 31 games.
In his senior year at Neosho, Turner shared Central Ozark Conference Large player of the year with Nixa’s Jacob Karlson.
Turner hit .458 with nine home runs, five doubles, four triples and 18 RBI, and scored 32 runs for the Wildcats that 2014 season. On the mound, he finished 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA, striking out 75 and walking 39 batters over 46 innings.
Turner, Mason Faulkner, Jacob Adams and Jonah Patten signed with four-year schools Wednesday. The Crowder season begins in February.
“It’s a good start,” Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand said. “The two returners, Turner and Faulkner, were instrumental guys for us last year. Turner, in center and hitting in the middle of the lineup and Faulkner out of the bullpen was 5-2 with seven saves.
“The two new guys. Adams has won the job at shortstop this fall and will hit leadoff more than likely for us if we started tomorrow. Jonah’s right in there and he’s got really good stuff.”