DeLaTorre reflects on baseball career in South Alabama
Kaleb DeLaTorre (Fort Scott HS) finishes his baseball round in Mobile, Alabama.
MOBILE, Alabama – Kaleb DeLaTorre is far from southeastern Kansas – but his trip to Mobile, Alabama was worth it.
“If you had told me in elementary school that I would be in Alabama in college, I wouldn’t have told you anything,” DeLaTorre says, “That’s all I expected and more. I took a chance, and it’s awesome. I met some of my best friends here, and we got to play in some really cool places. I created memories that will last a lifetime here. .
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The former Fort Scott High School star just finished his college career for the University of South Alabama on Monday.
The Jags had an impressive run in the playoffs, winning a Sun Belt Conference tournament championship and making it to the regional final in Gainesville, Fla. Before losing to South Florida to end the year. with an overall record of 36-22.
“It was amazing. This team is really special,” DeLaTorre said of his team’s playoffs, “We’re all brothers. It was kind of one of those things where we got hot at the good. moment. What we did in the last two weeks was amazing. We made history together, and I couldn’t be more proud of that.
DeLaTorre arrived late for the Jags in their playoffs. He was 6-16 (0.375 AVG) in the team’s last four games, hitting two homers and leading in five.
That includes a 4-5 performance against Florida in their second game of the regional tournament – a game South Alabama won 19-1.
“I think this game really tells the story of our team,” says DeLaTorre, “We lost the first game to Miami 1-0. We could have lay down, pack it up and come home. presented and we were ready to go. We missed their starter in the first set. My first at bat, we were already leading 1-0… they called up the time and sent their entire field to the outfield. We knew as soon as possible. they did it, we were like we have this, let’s go get them. We made a statement this game and really put our school on the map with this win. “
DeLaTorre stood out for 4 years for Fort Scott High School, leading the Tigers to four consecutive SEK titles. He began his college career at Neosho CC in Chanute, Kansas, where he achieved All-KJCCC recognition in each of his two seasons with the Panthers (2017, 2018).
His senior season in South Alabama, he finished with a .235 batting average, hitting 8 home runs with 34 RBIs.
The Southeastern Kansas kid is a long way from where he started, but he still feels the love of where he grew up.
“I would have a good game, I would have had my phone and I would have texts and calls from all the people at home,” DeLaTorre said, “It’s special. I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support I got over all these years, it was really cool, especially this weekend with everyone watching me and watching these games on national tv, it was really cool.
His career in baseball took him to Mobile, Alabama.
While the baseball game is now over for DeLaTorre, it’s a place he loves – and he plans to stay.
“I applied to the PTA school here. I think I’m going to stay here for a few years, ”DeLaTorre says of his future,“ I love it here. Having the beach is cool too. I obviously go to the golf course a bit, ”he laughs,“ I have a lot more free time now. I’m just trying to figure out what to do next. I have met some really great people during my career in baseball. I have connections all over the country now because of it. I couldn’t be more grateful for this and for everything the game has given me. It was a great race, and I am very grateful.
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