Northwest Midget AAA Prairie Pirates short stop, Kelton Hanley, has accepted a full ride scholarship to the College of San Mateo (CSM) in California.
Hanley has played baseball for 11 years, 10 of which were spent in Lloydminster.
He mentioned he will miss his teammates and his hometown, however, he is excited to move forward with his career.
Reaching out to colleges in the United States seemed like the next best option in hopes of moving up to the next level of play.
The local shortstop received six different offers.
After joining a practice with the CSM Bulldogs in February, Hanley decided San Mateo was his best option stating it had a more “homey feel”.
“It was definitely nerve wracking playing with guys i’ve never met before in a country that I haven’t been in. It was nerve wracking but it was a good experience.”
The Pirates finished first in their division with the highest overall batting average (BA).
“Our goal this year in the shortened season was to make it to the playoffs and we did that. We didn’t make it very far, but we reached our one goal.”
Hanley finished off this season with a .390 batting average (BA).
The full ride scholarship will help Hanley get to his end goal of playing Division 1 NCAA baseball in the Golden State.
Baseball comes first, but schooling is just as important to Hanley as he wants to keep his future in mind stating making it to the Major League Baseball (MLB) level is a difficult task.
“I’m thinking of starting with business and then possibly going into Vet or Law would be the next step.”
Hanley was supposed to be in California this season but it has been delayed until March due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.