"I play for the love of the game,” Klusak said. "It's just a different feeling for me comparing football and baseball.”
The opportunity to be with Green and Trevino didn't hurt, either. Not much has changed as they've grown older. But there is one major difference.
"I used to be able to throw harder than Anthony,” Klusak said. "Then all the sudden high school came, and he could throw at or above 90 mph. It was crazy.”
McAlester knocked on the door of a Class 5A baseball championship the last couple of years but fell short.
That disappointment pales in comparison to all the great moments they've had in their 11 years together.
"It's tough to try to pick out one memory,” Green said. "There have been so many. I can't single one out because they all have a special feeling attached to it.”
Trevino had nine home runs last year, hitting .473, and had team records with 57 RBIs and 56 hits. Klusak had a .393 batting average while Green was second to Trevino at .442 and had a team-leading 48 runs scored.
Trevino and Klusak combined to go 19-5 on the mound last year for the Buffs.
The Sunbelt Classic concludes today at OU's L. Dale Mitchell Park.