by Chad Ganson
Lakers’ pitcher Matt Kelly has been playing for Longview for the past two years. He is currently on scholarship and according to him, that is a big perk.
Some people might wonder, “Why play baseball for a community college.” According to Kelly, “It’s a good way to help you and get you ready for baseball if you decide to transfer to a four-year college.”
And then there is the question of maybe someday playing in the Major Leagues.
“The pro level is a shaky question,” Kelly said. “Of course it is everyone’s dream who plays baseball to make it to the pro level, someday win the first game they play in and for a few, win the World Series, but you just never know until that time comes.”
According to Lakers’ coach Gary Haarmann, Kelly was 7-2 as starting pitcher this season.
“He was a key player in our pitching staff,” said Haarmann. “Matt was a nice player to have on our team and a good leader in our pitching staff.”
Pitching coach Chad Wilkinson said, “He excepted the leadership role in our pitching staff. He was a good player and a good leader to have on our team.”
So if you ask the coaches, Matt Kelly is exactly the kind of leader you need on your baseball team.