Pittsburg’s Kafka commits to Morehead State baseball
Kafka has spent the last two seasons pitching for Allen CC in Iola.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – Former Pittsburg High School standout Alex Kafka is getting his shot to play Division I college baseball.
“I think everyone who plays wants to play at the highest level possible, and if they say they don’t they are lying,” Kafka says, “If you were to tell me my senior year of high school that I would be playing Division I baseball, I would tell you were crazy. I’m just blessed to have the people around me that I do, because it wouldn’t have happened without them.”
Kafka has played the last two seasons at Allen CC in Iola, Kansas.
His sophomore season was cut short in the spring due to COVID-19. The Red Devils only played 17 games this spring.
Kafka went 3-0 in 5 appearances his sophomore season. He threw 18 innings and struck out 28 batters, finishing the shortened season with a 4.00 ERA.
“(Going to Allen CC) is the best thing that happened to me athletically,” Kafka adds, “It allowed me to focus solely on baseball, which is something that in high school I wasn’t able to do. It was great for me. Coach Stoy and the rest of the staff at Allen were great, and I can’t thank them enough for taking me as late as they did. The biggest difference was in the weight room. I put on probably 20 pounds from high school. That allowed me to throw harder, which was really the only knock on me.”
He says his senior year he was topping out in the upper-70’s on the mound, but has gotten into the mid-to-upper 80’s since starting at Allen CC.
“Oh, for sure,” Kafka says when asked if he feel like he feels like he’s got room to add more speed, “The more I work and the stronger I get, that will take care of itself.”
Kafka finished up his career at Pittsburg High School in the spring of 2018. He earned All-Conference and All-State honors while wearing the Pittsburg Purple.
Now he’ll pack his bags and head to Morehead, Kentucky to finish out his college career.
I really liked the coaching staff just from talking on the phone,” Kafka says of what drew him to Morehead State, “They’ve been a winning program in the past, which is very important to me. I don’t know how exactly they plan to use me, but it really doesn’t matter to me. Whatever I can do to get on the mound is what I’m going to do. I’ve been a starter and a reliever, so whichever I’m asked to do, I’ll be ready.”
While he has put in the work and deserves the opportunity, Kafka is grateful to get his chance to show what he can do at the next level.
“I don’t take it for granted because I know how few people actually get to continue their baseball careers. That’s what keeps me going,” Kafka finishes, “My goal is to win a lot of games at Morehead State, and to be on the mound for a lot of them. It would be awesome to make a trip to Omaha along the way, and then see what happens in terms of playing professionally, because that’s everybody’s goal.”