Former Shawnee baseball standout Kade Self taking his clutch-hitting abilities to Ohio University
Outfielder Kade Self is ready to take his clutch abilities at the plate to Ohio University. The former Shawnee High School baseball standout had a team-leading .479 batting average in his only season at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. That season was abbreviated to 16 games after the COVID-19 pandemic derailed all play.
Outfielder Kade Self is ready to take his clutch abilities at the plate to Ohio University.
The former Shawnee High School baseball standout had a team-leading .479 batting average in his only season at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas. That season was abbreviated to 16 games after the COVID-19 pandemic derailed all play.
“I felt like we were having a great time. It was like high school as far as friends,” said Self about his brief time at Cowley. “I thought we could've gone to Grand Junction (in Colorado for the NJCAA World Series). I just wish we would've had a chance to reach our full potential.”
Though Self and his teammates missed out on that chance, that didn't diminish what Self achieved at the plate for the Tigers.
“At 6-4, 235, Kade is a big, strong kid, who runs well and he gets his hits when it matters the most,” said Cowley assistant coach and Shawnee High School alumnus Dax Leone. “He was pretty clutch all year.”
Self's efforts helped Cowley to a 10-6 record as he hit one triple and 12 doubles while driving home 23 runs. He had an on-base percentage of .500 and slugging percentage of .671.
“It was a matter of being more aggressive and hitting where it is pitched and not being picky” Self said.
Self was a tough out at the plate, according to Leone.
“He doesn't swing and miss much,” Leone said. “He is good about keeping the ball in the middle of the field and handles all pitches well. He gets hits when it matters most.”
Self spent his freshman season at Grayson College in Texas, but it didn't turn out to be a good fit so he transferred to Cowley for his sophomore campaign. Cowley had actually offered Self first, but Self opted for the college in Denison, Texas.
This time around Self has opted to go with his first instinct. This time, Ohio University came calling first, along with a few others, as he has decided on the institution in Athens, Ohio.
“It is a big outdoor, wilderness area around the campus and town,” Self said. “It's Division I, but it's small enough to where I can feel comfortable. It's more like home. They have a great business school. I like the coaching staff and it seems like an all-around great place to go.”
Despite his short stint at Cowley, Self says he gained much and his fellow Shawnee High School alum Leone helped make a difference.
“I really learned what it takes to succeed on the field and how to make adjustments when needed,” said Self. “When he knew I was coming to Cowley, he came to Shawnee High, hit some balls to me – flyballs, grounders. He was a big help in that (transfer) process.”
Leone says Self has some vital tools in having success at the Division I level
“He was a catcher in high school and was able to make the transition to a different position. He's a 6.8 guy in the 60 (yard dash). For a big guy he runs well. It shows you what kind of athlete he is,” said Leone.
Self was part of one state championship team while at Shawnee High School and cherishes the time he spent there.
“My coaches talked to me about making adjustments and to make things as simple as possible,” Self said. “They taught me how to work hard and that work ethic carried over to college.”