Bush and Stagner signed to continue their careers on the diamond during a ceremony last Wednesday at Trigg County High School, where the two are seniors.
“I’ve been here three years, and these guys have been the main cog of our baseball program in that time,” Trigg head coach Jackie Sholar said. “We’ve asked them to do it all, and they have.”
Bush is a four-year starter while Stagner cracked the starting lineup in his sophomore year. Both have led the Wildcats at the plate, on the mound and defensively.
Bush said he and Stagner became teammates for the first time when they were either nine or 10 years old and have been on the same team ever since.
“We’ve been buddies since before we started playing ball,” Stagner said. “it’s good to get to stay together a few more years.”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Bush said. “I’m getting to continue playing baseball with one of my best friends. I’m very excited. This has always been a dream. For it to finally come true is nice.”
Both said the facilities and team environment at Lindenwood made an impact on their decision to go there.
“We went for a visit and liked everything,” Bush said. “I believe we’ll fit in well there.”
Bush said he also considered Centre College and Campbellsville University in Kentucky and Hanover College in Indiana, but he was interested in those schools for football. Stagner said he was sold on Lindenwood.
Lindenwood fields freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams, which means Bush and Stagner should see some sort of playing time early.
“We’ll get to play some baseball right away, we just don’t know what level,” Bush said.
Bush said Trigg’s coaching staff does a good job of preparing the Wildcats to win here and succeed once they graduate.
“They push us to have a good work ethic and not to get down when stuff doesn’t go our way,” Bush said. “My first couple of years, we didn’t really have much of a team concept. They made it about the team and not about individual statistics.”
Stagner said he intends to major in education and eventually return to Trigg County as a teacher and coach. Bush said he hasn’t chosen an area yet but will likely enter the medical field or communications.
Lindenwood is located about 20 miles west of St. Louis.