Sedalia Travellers player Ian Dotson simply loves the game of baseball. The recent Smith Cotton graduate was a standout for his high school team, being named to the 1st team all conference and all district squads, as well as 2nd team all state.
This is Dotson’s second summer playing with the Travellers. When asked about the differences between that and High School baseball, he stated “It’s a lot more intense. It’s a lot hotter outside too. In high school there’s always teams that you know you’re going to go out and beat, but with the Travellers you never know. Every game is usually a good game. It’s more of an ‘All Star Team’ atmosphere, definitely.”
Dotson said that the highlight of his high school career was being selected for the Class 5A Senior All Star game. “I didn’t have a very good junior year. Everything just changed going into my senior year. We worked a lot harder that offseason and I felt like I was more locked in.”
With high school behind him, Dotson plans to attend LaGrange University on Hannibal on a scholarship, where he will continue to play baseball.
As for whether or not professional baseball is in his future, Dotson, an admitted Kansas City Royals fan, said “Anytime you try to break into a higher level of baseball, the odds aren’t really in your favor. I’d definitely love to though. For now I’m going to major in physical therapy and see where that goes.”
For now, Dotson is looking forward to the remainder of his season as part of the Travellers. “It’s probably the best team I’ve ever played for. We go out an really play ‘team’ baseball. You don’t have guys going out and swinging for the fences with nobody on base” he said. “It’s been a great team to play for.”