MIDWEST CITY — Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier remembers the first time he saw Gavin LaValley and Cameron Warren together on the baseball field.
They were eighth graders playing on the Titans’ field one evening. And they made quite the impression.
“We stayed around and watched because our junior high coaches were telling us how good they were going to be and how good they were,” Dozier said. “It didn’t take long to realize that they were special.”
LaValley and Warren, who have both signed with Oklahoma, have helped pave the way for the Titans’ recent run of success with two straight Class 5A championships.
Now, the two are paramount to Carl Albert’s success this season as the Titans search for a third straight title.
“We’re playing pretty relaxed right now,” LaValley said. “We always have that target on our back, but we’ve just got to play through it, play as a team and don’t worry about that.”
LaValley, who was recently named to USA Today’s All-USA Preseason Baseball Team, is possibly the state’s most feared hitter. Last season, the corner infielder led the country with 75 RBIs in 128 at-bats, while also hitting .477 with 20 home runs.
Those are the kind of numbers that will likely draw a Major League Baseball team to select LaValley in June’s First-Year Player Draft. However, he said he remains focused on this spring.
But it’s hard to ignore LaValley’s ability at the plate.
“It’s fun watching him hit home runs,” Warren said. “He hits them far.”
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