July 31, 2013
By Mason Nesbitt, For TMC Sports Information
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- The accolades just keep piling up for The Master’s College baseball team in 2013.
TMC’s Tommy Kister joined the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League on Sunday after spending most of the summer playing for the Xenia Scouts in Ohio.
Cape Cod is baseball’s premiere collegiate summer league, boasting 253 alumni in the major leagues in 2012.
“I was shocked; my first reaction was ‘No way’. I never thought I would pitch in the Cape,” said Kister in a phone interview about first hearing he’d be a Kettleer.
The Scouts had only one game left and were eliminated from playoff contention, when the team’s general manager approached Kister about the opportunity to finish the summer in Cotuit, Mass.
A coach from the Cape had been keeping tabs on Kister and the Kettleers' need for pitching coupled with Kister’s dominance made for a match.
In a starting role for the Scouts, Kister—a reliever for TMC in 2013—was 6-0 with a 1.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts en route to being chosen the co-Pitcher of the Year in the Great Lakes League.
“As a starter I have a better mindset of attacking hitters (than as a reliever). I know if I give up a run it’s okay because I have a lot of game left rather than one inning,” Kister said.
Kister will start for the Kettleers on Friday in a game that will stream live at www.kettleers.org.
And, with the departure of TMC pitchers A.J. Work and Cody Harris, you may see Kister start for the Mustangs in 2014.