Matlock coaches final game for Pittsburg baseball

Keith Matlock won 129 games in 10 seasons leading the Purple Dragons.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg Purple Dragons saw their baseball season end Tuesday night in Pittsburg.

The Purple Dragons fell to St. Thomas Aquinas 12-5 to finish as 5A regional runner-up, in what was the final game in the dugout for Pittsburg head coach Keith Matlock.

“We started out 2-3 this season, and we were kind of wondering what we were going to be,” Matlock says, reflecting on his final season with the team, “We asked them to make some changes and do some things and grow up a little bit, and they did. Next thing you know, here we are finishing up 16-6, SEK league champions and hosting a regional. I’m proud of them…and I appreciate everyone who has supported us this year.”

Matlock has spent the last 10 season leading the Pittsburg baseball program, winning 129 games along the way.

He made the decision earlier this spring that this season would be his final one with the team, and submitted his resignation as head coach – effective at the end of the season.

“I had already told our guys. I hated doing it that way, but I wanted to help the school out and give them a chance to have more time to fill the job with the best candidate,” Matlock says, “It didn’t really hit home until the game was over.”

“I’ve got a 10 year old son, and he’s kind of getting into baseball right now. It kind of hit me earlier this season that it’s time for me to go do this with him,” Matlock says on what led to his decision to resign, “It’s been a good 10 years, but I just felt like it was the right time. I’m ready to go teach my son how I feel like the game should be played.”

As for his message to his team after last night’s game.

“I just told the seniors that they’ve done an awesome job representing Pittsburg Purple Dragons baseball and showing the younger kids the right way to do things. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of seniors that I’ve had over this time,” Matlock says, “I told the younger guys that I’m not going anywhere. I’m still going to be around and I’m still going to be their biggest fan. Hopefully they learned something and continue to do it the right way. I’m proud of them and I look forward to seeing what they’re able to do next year.”