Former Hays High baseball standout Trey Riggs finalized his college plans this week, signing with Dodge City Community College on Tuesday.
Riggs was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season, helping Hays High to a 20-2 record. He’s currently in the midst of a strong summer with the Hays Eagles Senior American Legion baseball team.
“When I walked in the door (at Dodge City), everybody was real respectful. It just felt like home,” Riggs said. “They’ve been (recruiting) me for about a month or two and I kind of just waited it out to see what would happen, and then once I went on the visit I kind of fell in love and signed.”
Riggs said he remained patient throughout the recruiting process but was thankful to have his plans squared way.
“Once you sign, it’s just kind of relieving,” Riggs said. “Once you get all that done, it feels nice.”
Riggs posted a 6-2 record with a 1.71 ERA on the mound last year for the Indians while batting .400.
“I’m going (to Dodge) as a pitcher, for sure, and during the fall I’m going to hit a little bit and see from there what happens,” Riggs said.
Frank Leo, Riggs' coach at Hays High, said Riggs has a bright future at the next level.
“I’m glad he’s got that opportunity and now he just needs to make the most of it,” Leo said. “All a kid asks for is, ‘Give me an opportunity and see what I can do,’ and then it’s up to that player to take advantage of it. I think Dodge City is getting a pretty good one in Trey Riggs.”
Riggs has been suiting up for the Hays Larks this week during the team’s four-game homestand.
“It’s pretty fun, just taking it all in,” Riggs said.
He said he’s been using his time with the Eagles this summer to sharpen up a few things on the mound before he heads to college.
“In the pitching game, I’m just trying to spot up in different locations and pound the zone, and then make sure I can find breaking ball soon in the game,” Riggs said.
The Eagles are sporting a 28-6 record this summer. Riggs believes the team is peaking at the right time.
“Our summer team is pretty fun,” Riggs said. “Once we get in the zone, we’re pretty hard to beat.
“At the beginning of the summer it was kind of iffy. We didn’t know if we were going to be too serious about the year. Once we won the Wild West Fest tournament, it got more serious. Now we’re kind of peaking.”