Last week Caney Valley senior, and one of the region’s best baseball pitcher, Jace Kaminska threw under the lights of Major League Baseball’s Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, as part of the MWSA Showcase.
Kaminska grabbed not only the attention of Tri-Valley League opponents but also the state of Kansas last season when he posted 33 consecutive strike outs and set a new state record mark for single season ERA with 0.00 (minimum 30 innings pitched).
The MWSA Showcase hosted approximately 50 high school invites during last weeks event.
“At first when I walked onto the field I had a little adrenaline going.” said Kaminska in describing his emotions when he made his way out of the concourse and into the same dugouts that have housed some of the best baseball players in the world.
“[The adrenaline] wore off after sitting for a few hours. Then I gained a little adrenaline back seeing 80+ pro scouts in the stands.”
The event held evaluations for defensive players as well as batting practice on the field during the afternoon. The showcase began at approximately 7PM and it wouldn’t be until the 7th inning that Kaminska would get the call to take the mound.
When asked about what it was like pitching on a professional baseball mound, Kaminska said “It was just like pitching anywhere else really. After the first batter I got tuned in. Then it was just like pitching anywhere else. I got in a groove and was spotting up pitches.”
Kaminska has been playing baseball since he was 3 years old and attributes a lot of his success and work ethic to his parents, Mike and Carrie Kaminska.
“They have invested a lot of time and money into any of my sports. Especially my dad, he has taught me everything he knows.”
Kaminska is committed to Wichita State to play baseball after the completion of his senior year of high school, but plans on playing basketball during the winter season.