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2013 KCKCC baseball signeesMembers of the 2013 KCKCC baseball team signed to play at four-year institutions this fall include front row, from left, Cisco Medina, Caleb Waddell and Jacob Woods; middle row, Zac Butler and Derrick Winter; and back row, Andrew Kreiling, Dean Long, Dylan Donley and Matt Dye. (KCKCC photo by Damian Stambersky)
2013 KCKCC baseball signees
The quality of Kansas City Kansas Community College baseball obviously spreads far and wide.
Nine sophomore members of the 2013 Blue Devil baseball team have been recruited to play in a half-dozen states – all the way from Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas to Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina – with more to come.
A half-dozen other Blue Devils are still weighing opportunities to continue their playing careers at four-year institutions. “We’ll make sure everyone gets placed,” said coach Steve Burleson. “We usually work harder at getting our players out than we do getting them in.”
Three Blue Devils will remain in Kansas, outfielder Andrew Kreiling and pitcher Dylan Donley at Pittsburg State University and first baseman Dean Long at Emporia State University while pitcher Matt Dye will continue at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.
Pitcher Derrick Winter and designated hitter Caleb Waddell have signed at Alabama A&M, an NCAA Division I member in Huntsville; pitcher Zac Butler at Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn.; pitcher-infielder Jacob Woods at Arkansas Technical University in Russellville; and pitcher Cisco Medina at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a sophomore presence with as much positive leadership that this group has. Their words and their deeds have provided a very positive example,” said Burleson, who has a 34-year history of 88 percent of his players continuing on at four-year colleges and universities.