LETTERS OF INTENT  — (Left to right) Bailey Owens, Wynn Takacs, and Peyton Tracey sign their National Letters of Intent to play baseball at different institutions.
Herald Photo / Jenn Goad
LETTERS OF INTENT — (Left to right) Bailey Owens, Wynn Takacs, and Peyton Tracey sign their National Letters of Intent to play baseball at different institutions. Herald Photo / Jenn Goad

Bailey Owens, Wynn Takacs, and Peyton Tracy finalized their collegiate and athletic plans for the fall. Owens signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Goshen College, Takacs signed to play at Carl Sandburg Junior College, and Tracy decided on Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

The trio has been a staple on the field for as long as they can remember, playing, learning, and loving American’s pastime. 

“They were on the Kokomo CFD Saints at 13 years old. They are great young men. They’ve always gotten along. They hang out together all the time. They have a lot of fun on and off the baseball field. They have been huge for our program,” said Taylor Head Baseball Coach Brent Owens. 

OWENS
Bailey Owens signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Goshen College this fall. He said that on his college visitation last fall, he was able to meet with the coaching staff and several members of the team. 

“I enjoyed the staff and the guys were great. I enjoyed being around (them) which helped me make my decision to play there,” Bailey said. “Coach Childers likes players who work hard and spend time getting better, which fits me because I know if I put in the time and work, he will reward the players that deserve it. He builds character in people.”

Bailey said he always planned to attend a private Christian school and that Goshen was the right fit for him. He will join Kokomo native Quinlan Armstrong (Northwestern High School) at Goshen.

TAKACS
Wynn Takacs will enter the highly competitive Illinois junior college circuit after signing to play for Carl Sandburg Junior College in Galesburg, Ill. 

“I really like the coaching staff and the campus had a great feel to it. I think it will be a great place to grow as a human and a baseball player,” he said. “Coach Tenhouse really stressed building a program and they’re coming up. I think it will be a good place to go and compete.”

Takacs said his time at Taylor has been one he’ll carry with him after having so many great teammates and coaches and that it was his father’s doing that he ever stepped foot on the field.

“I got into baseball really young. I think it was my dad’s doing. I built great memories with him,” he said. “As I got older, I just enjoyed the game and developed a passion and can’t keep myself away from it.”

TRACY
Peyton Tracy is excited to start his career at Rose Hulman, in part because of their engineering program.

“Right now, they are the number one school in engineering without a graduate program. That alone makes it hard to turn down,” he said.

For baseball, he is excited to get to work with Head Coach Jeff Jenkins who will begin his 30th season at Rose Hulman in the fall.

“Their coach is great and has been there numerous years. Just watching, there is no wasted time and he’s passionate at what he does,” Tracy said. 

He said he has always had his sights set on playing collegiate ball, thanks to his mother talking about playing softball in college. Tracy said it was never a question for him to go to college and participate in athletics.

Brent Owens is ready to get his senior-packed team on the field this spring. With leadership from Bailey, Takacs, and Tracy, he hopes the team will continue their average of a 20-win season and have great success through the end of the year.

"Through their junior year, they have 60 wins. They’re on back-to-back conference championship teams. Hopefully they’ll three-peat and we’ve had success in the early rounds of the tournament," he said.