For Kolby Yantzer, the final loss of Washburn's legion season represents the end of his high school career and the start of his college career.
"The first time I saw Kolby hit a baseball," Dirk Hausauer said, "he was 12 going on 13 and he hit a home run on our field."
That's a lasting first impression. Since that day five years ago, Kolby's skills have developed. University of Mary baseball coach Joel Barta didn't want to let this hidden gem slip away.
"I was really excited and humbled for him to look around here and try get me," Yantzer said, "and to look at me and talk to me."
It'll be a short drive from Washburn to the Capitol City, but a tall adjustment for the left-handed slugger.
"It's going to be a change," Yantzer said, "but I'm excited for it."
Kolby brings power from the left side of the plate. Coaches rave about how quick his wrist are getting through the hitting zone. Those qualities and more make him a tough out.
"He's able to use the whole field," Hausauer said. "You can't pitch around him. You can't assume he's going to pull everything."
Kobly was recruited as first baseman, but Coach Hausauer said he's been playing out of position for five years. He's spent a lot of time on the mound and at third base. However, Kolby sees that as a positive.
"I feel like that helps me out," Yantzer said. "Not only playing third, but playing first too."
To help with his transition to first base, Kolby has played the position more towards the end of the legion season. He'll also have an entire fall to get comfortable at his natural position.
Playing at UMary, was an opportunity Kolby couldn't pass up.
"I'm just excited overall," Yantzer said. "I'm excited to be there."
Kolby has decided to major in accounting at UMary.
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