McCord leads Miners to D-II playoffs, Chavez begins second stint with RailCats

McCord, Chavez, & Casson

McCord, Chavez, & Casson

KINGMAN - Former Kingman High baseball player Will McCord has helped power the Missouri Science and Technology Miners to the NCAA Division II regional tournament for the first time since 1972.

The Miners open play today in Normal, Ill., against No. 2 seed Southern Indiana.

McCord, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, is hitting .283 with 11 RBIs. He leads the team in stolen bases with 16 and broke the season record for triples with six and is within reach of runs scored in a season. Currently, McCord has 38 and the record is 40.

The Miners (29-17) finished first in western division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a record of 21-7.

McCord, a 2007 KHS graduate, transferred to Missouri S&T this year after earning all-conference and academic all-conference honors at Williston State College in Williston, N.D.

Chavez gets early win

Normally by this time Chris Chavez would have about three months playing baseball under his belt. Instead, Chavez began his 2011 season last Thursday in the Gary-Southshore RailCat's 8-7 win over the Grand Prairie Air Hogs of the independent American Association.

Chavez, 2003 graduate of Kingman High, pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up a hit while earning the win.

So far this year, Chavez is 1-0 and has appeared in three games and recorded three strikeouts and a walk.

Chavez signed with the Kansas City Royals in 2006 and bounced around its minor league system before appearing in five games with the Royals Triple-A team in Omaha in 2009.

Last year, Chavez started the season with the Royals Double-A team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League before being released in August. He joined the RailCats for the last few weeks of the season.

This year the RailCats moved to the American Association from the Northern League and play teams throughout the upper Midwest and Texas.

Huffer ends AZ Western career

Tyler Huffer, a 2009 graduate of Kingman High, finished the season 4-5 with a 2.87 ERA for Arizona Western Community College this year.

The Matadors (24-30, 16-22 ACCAC) ended the year April 30 with a 10-8 loss. Huffer pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits. The right-hander walked three and struck out five with a no decision.

Huffer was named Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the week for the week of April 10.

Casson finishes up first year at Mesa State

Jon Casson ended his freshman year playing tennis at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

Casson, a 2010 graduate from Kingman High, finished with a 10-12 singles record and a 9-16 record in doubles with four different partners.

The Mavericks ended the year with a 9-16 record and a sixth-place finish at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament.

Next year Mesa State will be changing its name to Colorado Mesa University.