LSC-Kingwood Baseball Team Heads to Nationals

For the first time in Lone Star College-Kingwood's history, the Coyote's will head to the national tournament and they go as the number one seed team in Division II of the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA).

Alan Wright, Director of Intramurals and Club Sports, says he's especially proud of the team's success because the program has undergone a complete transformation.  "We've rebuilt the program into a quality program that's based not just on baseball, but on academics."

In addition to the strong focus on academics, which includes regular grade checks, the college has worked to improve the playing fields and hired a new head coach and assistant coach.

Wright says being able to hire quality coaches and improve the facilities gives the team an edge.  "Our team is so appreciative of the support the college president and administration have given us.  We wouldn't be where we are today without it."

In his first head coaching position new head coach Chris Schmidt is enjoying the team. "I got lucky with a great group of guys," he says. 

Schmidt played college ball and says the LSC-Kingwood Coyotes are strong all around.  "We're a good team because we're strong in pitching, fielding and hitting.  It's not a one man show; all of these guys are working hard to win."

Pitcher Blake Barbini is having a spectacular season and says, "Our team is very relaxed.  Practices are intense, but we're having fun.  We're just looking forward to heading to nationals." 

Other team members agree, saying the entire team gets along and their all friends.  They also agree that the coach is great.  "He's a good guy.  He's in his 20s, so he relates to us.  We have a lot of fun," says Barbini.

Looking at the players stats, you can see why they went 19-1 for the season.  Team member, Jonathan Major is tied for home runs in the division and Bryan Hunziker leads the boards in batting average and tops it in hits, doubles and RBIs.  Barbini is ranked the number one pitcher in the league.

The Coyotes will compete against the top seven teams at the Huntingburg League Stadium in Dubois County, Indiana, the same field that hosted the Rockford Peaches in the major motion picture, A League of Their Own.

For more information on the NCBA Division II World Series, go to www.clubbaseball.org/div2.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.