Posted: Feb 19, 2020
The Cougars are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history. Finishing 31-16 overall in 2019 and 22-6 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). For the second straight year Valley finished fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 12 Tournament. School records were broken for home runs, conference wins and consecutive trips to the postseason. On top of that, the team logged 500 community service hours, a 3.21 GPA, and won MCCAA and NJCAA Team Academic Award. Multiple players moved on to four-year programs and the program is ready to continue its success in spring 2020.
"We had a very specific idea of what we needed to add to this amazing core group of returning players to get to our ultimate destination, the College World Series. I believe we accomplished that," Coach Cody Piechocki said.
Piechocki is excited for the 2020 Cougars as they return seven of nine starters to an offense that had a historic season. "We needed to address the loss of our starting pitchers and we did that, in a big way," he said. Key transfers arrived in Kalamazoo this fall to strengthen a baseball program ready to make noise on the national stage.
The Cougars will open up on February 28 against Santa Fe in Gainesville, FL and will begin their quest for an MCCAA Conference Championship and a 5th consecutive trip to the NJCAA post-season beginning March 20 when they kick off the conference schedule against Muskegon.