WMBD/WYZZ-TV - METAMORA, Ill. - The celebration for Metamora's first ever baseball state trophy had barely finished and the Redbirds were already looking ahead to next year.
"We know what we have coming up next year and all of us were talking, maybe there's a reason we didn't get to that championship game this year and it's time next year," said Metamora junior Trent Johnson.
Johnson missed most of the season after having Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in April. The normal recovery time from that surgery is at least a year.
The Redbirds, who finished third in Class 3A, will lose four seniors but believe with Johnson's return could be a major state threat again in 201.
"Next year we're going to be very good again," said junior Ethan Skender. "We're losing some great seniors, but we have some kids that can replace them. Obviously, we're going to have Trent back, that's going to be awesome. I just feel like if we play our ball next year, there's not a team that should stop us."