The opportunity to pursue his dream at his hometown university was too good for Brady Kreutzer to pass up.
The Thomas More Prep-Marian senior standout signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play baseball at Fort Hays State.
“I went to their camp my junior and senior year. (FHSU assistant coach Dustin Washburn) gave me a call and told me they had a spot for me, and if I wanted it, I could come out next year and play for them,” Kreutzer said.
Kreutzer said he was initially looking at some other college options but was persuaded to join the Tigers once offered.
“At first I didn’t think that Fort Hays was the spot for me, but as I went on, it turned out Fort Hays was right where I wanted to be," he said.
“Friends and family, all their support, they said, ‘Hey, look at Fort Hays. You never know.' "
Kreutzer said he is looking forward to being coached once again by Washburn, the head coach at TMP during Kreutzer’s freshman and sophomore seasons. Washburn joined Jerod Goodale's staff at FHSU after guiding the Monarchs to a Class 3A runner-up finish in 2018.
“It’s going to be great,” Kreutzer said. “I loved him when he was at TMP with me. We made two great seasons with him and I’m looking forward to playing for him again.”
Kreutzer, a three-sport athlete at TMP, said he’s been playing baseball almost year-round to give himself an opportunity to reach the next level.
“I played fall baseball, a couple tournaments. Took off some time in the winter, but still went and hit and threw,” he said. “In the spring I got after it again and in the summer I played more.
“Baseball has been my love since I can remember."
He’s looking to cap his TMP career on a strong note and keep progressing in his senior season.
“I still got to be a better hitter, can’t pull everything, can’t go the other way," he said. "I’ve got to hit the ball to all fields. I’ve got to be a better fielder, get my arm strength up. I just got to become a better player."
Kreutzer said he’s open to playing any position for the Tigers.
“Coach Washburn and I talked about it, he thought maybe second base or, if I grew or put on some weight, maybe third," he said.
Kreutzer said it's a weight off his shoulders to have his college plans finalized.
“It’s great because now I’m not rushing into anything and don’t have to worry about am I going to go here, am I going to go there?" he said. "I know exactly where I’m going.
“This has been a dream since I was in junior high. I always imagined going somewhere to play college baseball.”