|KIMSEY SIGNS TO PITCH FOR SINCLAIR
Unioto senior righty headed to Dayton
Unioto High School senior Alex Kimsey knew at an early age that baseball
would be a big part of his future.
â€œI was a bat boy for the Chillicothe Paints starting at around age 9 or 10,â
€� Kimsey recalled. â€œAnd I just loved being around the players and
running errands for them and hanging out in the dugout. It was a great
experience and I caught the baseball bug early.
â€œI even liked the pranks they play on the bat boys, making you go ask the
clubhouse guy for the key to the batter's box, or for another box of curve
balls. It was a lot of fun â€“ for $5 a game! â€“ and I met a lot of great guys,
like Perry Cunningham, Travis Garcia and Kurt Hartfelder,â€� he added.
Kimsey, a 6-foot-11 right-handed pitcher, this week signs a National Junior
Collegiate Athletic Association letter of intent to play baseball at Sinclair
Community College in Dayton. Sinclair baseball coach Steve Dintaman said
he is happy to add the lanky right-hander to his pitching staff.
â€œWe are very excited to have signed Alex in our class of 2009,â€�
Dintaman said. â€œAlex exemplifies all we look for in a baseball player here
at Sinclair. He is an excellent student, a talented player, and a good kid.
You don't have to be around Alex very long to know that his family has
instilled strong values in him. I know he will work hard the moment he steps
on our campus and I think he has a lot of potential that we will help him
The Tartan Pride baseball team competes in the Ohio Community College
Athletic Conference along with teams from the Cleveland and Toledo areas.
Dintaman, as an assistant coach and top recruiter, helped Sinclair to back-to-
back conference titles in 2006 and 2007, teams that posted more than 80
wins. The Tartan Pride also advanced to regional tournament play the past
â€œI am excited about this great opportunity Sinclair is giving me,â€� said
Kimsey, who was also recruited by Malone University, University of Rio
Grande, Muskingum College and Shawnee State. â€œI was impressed by
what Sinclair offers academically and it's a bonus that I'm so close to Wright
State, where I plan to earn my degree in Electrical Engineering after Sinclair.â
At Sinclair, Kimsey will become teammates with 2008 Adena grad Clay
Kimsey said he looks forward to continuing his life in baseball.
â€œI remember 'retiring' as a bat boy when I was 14,â€� he said. â
€œWhen you stand on the foul line during the National Anthem, and you see
that you're taller than all of the players, it's time to retire.â€�
|Picture to the right was taken by Mears Photography in Chillicothe