Scott Kingery was six weeks away from being a college freshman, and still wasn’t sure what the plan was.
The Phoenix Mountain Pointe High School product committed to Central Arizona Junior College in Coolidge during his senior year, but was holding out hope for a Division I scholarship offer.
Instead, he watched as his high school and summer ball teammates signed with big-name schools.
Kingery wondered if his chance was coming. Finally, at a summer baseball tournament in late July, he caught a break.
Arizona Wildcats assistant Matt Siegel went to watch Kingery after pitching coach Shaun Cole recommended him.
Siegel liked what he saw and offered Kingery a spot on the Wildcats.
There was one catch: he had to walk on.
“I was disappointed I didn’t have any offers, but I think I made the right decision by coming here,” Kingery said.
He did, indeed.
Kingery started all three games of last weekend’s series sweep against Coppin State, reaching base in six of 15 plate appearances and knocking in four runs. He’ll likely be back in left field and in the leadoff spot tonight, when the Wildcats (3-0) travel to Long Beach State for a two-game, midweek series.
Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.