By Anthony Jones
TROY — When Jake Radosevich closed out his Triad baseball career in the spring of 2022, he had an impressive resume to his name.
The former Knight finished his senior season with a team-best 41 RBI, while amassing 48 hits and a .408 batting average. The catcher also excelled behind the plate as Triad won a school record 33 games and clinched an IHSA Sectional championship.
But even with those accomplishments to his name, the high-level collegiate offers never came for Radosevich.
Enter Lewis and Clark Community College, where the catcher committed and made an immediate impact from behind the plate.
In his freshman campaign with the Trailblazers, he supplied 59 hits and 45 RBI to fuel his .345 batting average. The Triad graduate also earned an honorable mention for NJCAA Region 24 for his play at Lewis and Clark.
His freshman year success earned some attention above the junior college level, including an offer from the Division I Lindenwood Lions.
“I love the area. The coaching staff checked off all of the boxes. They also made me feel really wanted,” Radosevich said of Lindenwood, where he is now committed to play.
Reaching the Division I level is a goal the Lion has kept within his sights, even when it may have seemed out of reach.
“Everyone dreams of it. Out of high school it wasn’t an option. I went to junior college, where I was able to grow a lot on the field and off of it,” the Lindenwood-commit remarked of making it to the highest level of collegiate play.
His time at Lewis and Clark also served as a bit of a reset for the talented catcher.
“I was having a tough time mentally, which led to a lot of problems behind the plate with catching and receiving,” he remarked.
Radosevich is now moving past those concerns as he plans to help Lindenwood establish themselves after their recent transition to the Division I level. He will also be making the transition alongside Lewis and Clark teammate Jackson Parrill, who graduated from Collinsville High School.
The former Knight shared thanks to, “My coaches at Triad: Coach Bugger, Coach Hunt and Coach Weber. Geoff Hartlieb, who is with the Rockies now, helped me along. My mom and dad have helped me tremendously. All of my close friends have kept me going as well.”