He hasn’t been on the field this season since suffering an injury to the thumb on his glove hand in the state basketball tournament, but his return is vital to the Titans.
“Every piece is important, but those guys are really important,” Dozier said.
The Titans not only feature LaValley and Warren, but senior speedster Stevie Thompson and junior catcher Corey Zangari, who has verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
It’s a loaded lineup that has Carl Albert ranked No. 25 in the country and the early favorite to win Class 5A yet again.
“A lot of teams are excited when they beat us or (are) playing us,” Warren said. “They throw their best, and we know we’re going to be more talented than most teams we play, so we’ve got to show up every day and play as hard as we can, come out in the first inning and get after it.”
And having talented players like Warren and LaValley only help accomplish that.
Warren said he remembers that eighth-grade game, admitting there was pressure to perform and show they can follow in the footsteps of some talented Titans players.
So far, so good for the duo.
“That’s priceless to have guys like that,” Dozier said.