Reporting Mike Max
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Three years ago, Century College decided to start a baseball program.
They hired a man who had experience after taking Ridgewater Community College to the Junior College World Series.
And now that’s where Dwight Kotila has the Century squad — getting ready for a run at a national title, just a few years after the program’s inception.
“It’s been fun,” Kotila said. “When I had the opportunity to come to Century College and start something from scratch, it’s a challenge I couldn’t refuse.”
They have an ace on the staff, too, as Jared Dettmann has already been drafted once.
He is a leader on a team that believes it can win it all.
“It’s awesome,” Dettmann said. “I don’t think many people would expect that coming out of such a new program. We’re in the top three for national rankings.”
It’s hard to believe this team can’t do it, given how quickly it has matured in a national power.
“But to take this program in just its third year, and believe in what we do and accomplish it … I didn’t think it would happen this quickly,” Kotila said.
The team opens the tournament with a 4 p.m. game Saturday in Texas.