Fullerton baseball standouts, KC Huth and Josh Bornstein will be taking their talents to the Division I level as they have officially signed to play for the Mountaineers of West Virginia University.
Huth started in right field and anchored the Hornet’s offensively while batting third. He knew, in order to get scouted, he needed to have a big year as a sophmore.
“I knew this was my last year in junior college and I had to put up numbers to get to the next level,” Huth said.
He did just that by batting .350 on the season and leading the team with 32 RBI.That was enough to catch the eye of head coach Randy Mazey of WVU. Huth and Bornstein both received personal phone calls from coach Mazey the Friday night before they played Riverside College in the first round of conference play.
West Virginia was on a road trip, playing at UCR, which made it convenient for Mazey to come check out Huth and Bornstein. They had a game around the same time as Fullerton’s game, so they were only able to stop by for two innings.
Bornstein pitched two solid innings and Huth hit an RBI double down the third-base line. He also threw two runners out from right field.
Needless to say, they took their opportunity of showing D1 coaches what they can do and they made the most of it.
“They called me that night and said they wanted both of us to come attend their game at UCR the next day,” Bornstein said.
They went and met the coaching staff and each set up official visits to the school. Each of them had their own official visits. Bornstein went first. He liked what he saw at the school and the coaching staff offered him a scholarship on his visit.
Before making a gut decision, he decided to go home and discuss the opportunity that was offered, with his parents. They decided to plan another trip to the school on the same weekend of Huth’s visit. Both Huth and Bornstein fell in love with the school and signed their National Letter of Intent on Sunday before flying back to California.
“I really felt at home there,” Huth said. “I’m from a small town myself, so I felt like I fit in really well.”
They will now be facing some of the best college baseball players in the nation, playing in the Big 12 Conference. West Virginia is currently constructing a brand new $20 million baseball stadium that’s projected to be finished by the start of next season.
“West Virginia baseball is on the rise,” Huth said. “Over there, football and basketball is life and baseball has always been okay. But now since the new coaches came in and they’re starting to win, the whole community is gathering around them with support.”
Going into next season, Coach Mazey expects Huth to possibly start in center field and Bornstein to be a weekend starting pitcher.
“They expect me to produce,” Huth said. “They want me to go in there and be the guy. That’s why I took the scholarship.”
Even though the season has ended for them here at Fullerton, the training doesn’t stop.
“I don’t want to feel complacent,” Huth said. “I have to keep building my game.”
It will be a big transition for the two to travel and live over 2,000 miles away from their family and friends. They will have the advantage of going together rather than traveling alone, which should benefit them.
“It’ll be a lot easier going out there with a teammate,” Bornstein said. “We both love competing and we love the game of baseball.”
Both Bornstein and Huth have Major League Baseball dreams in their vision and will continue to strive for the big leagues. Wearing a Mountaineer jersey is just one step closer to fulfilling that lifelong dream of playing professional baseball.