Douglas Kinsey wanted to play college baseball, but wasn’t sure where that would be. UT Tyler needs a shortstop and Kinsey is a player the Patriots hope can fill that spot.
The Robert E. Lee senior infielder officially committed to UT Tyler this week. He joins former Red Raiders Corey Henderson, Derek Miller and Jacob Yanker to play baseball at the Division III school.
“UT Tyler I think is the right place for me,” said Kinsey, who also had an opportunity to commit to Tyler Junior College. “Their (success) is one of the big reasons I chose them. They’ve been good the past few years and I know they will be good in the future too.”
Kinsey led off for the Red Raiders and finished with a .348 average and a team-high 28 runs scored with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. He received all-District 11-5A first-team honors for his efforts.
“Their shortstop graduated this year, so (head coach Paul Wyczawski) said I will have the biggest opportunity to play there,” Kinsey said.
Lee coach Mike Pirtle said his two-year shortstop has the skills to translate to the next level and is willing to keep working to achieve that goal.
“He played with a lot more confidence and was the team leader,” said Pirtle about Kinsey, who was also voted as Lee’s Co-MVP. “He was the guy that got things going for us. It’s just a matter of continuing to work, it doesn’t matter who you are. One thing (Kinsey) can do is play a lot of positions and he’s a hard worker.
“It’s a good fit for him and a good fit for UT Tyler.”
The Patriots went 33-12 this season and were Co-Champions of the American Southwest Conference East before being knocked out in the championship round of the ASC Tournament.