The high school baseball season is long over but Scott Kingery is still playing for something.
The recent Mountain Pointe graduate had a pretty spectacular season and is close to attaining one more goal.
Kingery, who was the lone player from the area to be named All-Tribune first team, has a few Division I teams pursuing him.
“I’m not sure what is going to happen,” he said. “I’m just going to play the game the only way I know how, and hopefully someone sees enough of me to make an offer.”
Kingery is committed to Central Arizona but Oregon, Utah and Arizona are still showing some interest and if they have some scholarship money open up after some players decide to turn pro after being drafted a few weeks ago, Kingery could get a shot.
If it happens then whatever program he ends up at will get a fundamentally sound player, who is a slick-fielding shortstop and a surprisingly powerful bat for someone who is about 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds.
The smallish stature kept Kingery from being drafted, but not from putting up impressive numbers the last two seasons.
As a senior he hit .485 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs, which was not far off from his breakout junior season when he hit .495 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.
It was enough for Kingery to be recognized nationally. He was one of three Arizona players named to the Baseball America national team. Kingery was picked as a second-team selection while Chaparral’s Dylan Cozens was first-team pick and Hamilton’s Mitch Nay made the second team.
“I knew the ball wasn’t going to go as far (with the new bat regulations), but I just wanted to take the same swing and barrel the ball up every at-bat,” he said. “If you hit it hard it is going to get through for a hit. I wanted to help the team by getting on base as much as possible.”
Other area players honored included Ahwatukee resident and Valley Christian junior Jeff Paschke, who hit .481 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs, as a second-team selection at shortstop.
The honorable mention picks were Desert Vista senior third baseman/relief pitcher Tyler Adams and senior first baseman/starting pitcher Hunter Rodriguez and Mountain Pointe senior first baseman/pitcher Joey Curletta and senior pitcher Kyle Detwiler.
Adams hit .415, scored a team-high 20 runs and had 18 RBIs, while Rodriguez, a Utah recruit, hit .333 with a team-high four home runs and went 5-4 with 3.59 ERA.
Detwiler was the Pride’s top starter, while Curletta started and came out of the bullpen to give Mountain Pointe a tough 1-2 punch on the mound.
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