Two Missouri high school baseball players ensured their place in a new era of Roadrunners baseball.
Brett Wilbanks and Kyle Irwin signed letters of intent to play baseball at State Fair Community College in the Fred. E Davis Multipurpose Center Saturday.
The two represent an early crop of recruits for newly-approved head coach Jud Kindle.
Chase Plymell and Roberto Ramirez signed their national letters of intent to play baseball next spring at State Fair Community College Jan. 15
Irwin, 17, is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Jefferson City High School. Wilbanks, 17, is a right-handed pitcher from West Plains.
Both players said they were excited for the opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to the experience,” Irwin said. “I’m looking forward to being part of a new team, I guess you could say, and being the first wave of players coming through the program.”
Wilbanks said he was ready for something new and something different.
“I’m just excited,” Wilkbanks said. “A little nervous.”
Both players are seniors in their respective high schools entering their final season. They are also both from Missouri.
The signing followed a workout for about 15 prospective student-athletes Saturday morning.
Most of the players were from Missouri.
Kindle said he is focused on recruiting local players.
“We have a lot of verbals from around the area,” Kindle said. “Our focus, obviously, is to try and work from Sedalia, out, to really hit the community hard.”
Kindle was recommended as head coach by State Fair Jan. 15 and approved by the Board of Trustees Jan. 26. He also manages the MINK league baseball club Sedalia Bombers and was previously the head baseball coach at Smith-Cotton High School.
The SFCC Board of Trustees voted in December to add baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer in the 2016-2017 academic year. It will be the first baseball team at State Fair since 1988.