Former THS player continues career at Kentucky school
Schneider signs with Morehead State baseball team
Donnie Schneider wanted to be away from home, but not too far away when he decided to play college baseball.
Schneider had offers from Ottawa, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Highland Community College after graduating from Tonganoxie in 1999. He chose Highland. About an hour and a half trip to the small town in the tip of northeast Kansas, Highland fit the description, and Schneider was a Scottie for two years.
Now his travel plans are slightly different. Schneider signed a letter of intent a few weeks ago to play baseball at Morehead State, a Division-1 program in Morehead, Ky.
"I kind of wanted to go to a different part of the country," Schneider said. "I probably won't enjoy the ride, though. It's 10 hours."
The pitcher looked into Baker, Missouri Western, Southern Nazarene in Oklahoma and Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. No major offers came in, though, except for Morehead State.
When school starts later this month, Schneider's drive to Morehead, Ky., will be his first. Schneider said he didn't take a visit to the Ohio Valley Conference school. A good impression of the coach was all he needed to sign with the Eagles for a scholarship, which was done through the mail.
Schneider will join a team that went 17-30 in the OVC last year. Conference opponents include Southeast Missouri, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech and Eastern Illinois. Notable nonconference foes this year were Marshall, Youngstown State, and Southeastern Conference teams Kentucky and Tennessee.
While at Highland, Schneider went 11-8 in two years. The Scotties were 32-25 in 2000 and 23-25 this year. He earned All-Jayhawk Conference honorable mention honors as a freshman, along with being an Academic all-American. He also he earned recognition in the Who's Who of American Junior College Students.
Schneider was a pitcher and first baseman at Tonganoxie for four years. He was a first team all-Kaw Valley League selection as a pitcher is junior year and all-KVL first team as pitcher and first baseman his senior year.
Schneider said he gives a lot of credit to former THS coach Chris Herron and HCC coach Rick Eberly for his success, along with his father.
"All that hard time spent with my dad at the ball field was important," Schneider said.
A younger brother could take a similar path as Donnie.
Doug Schneider will be a sophomore at Highland and also is a pitcher on the baseball team.
"I'm sure he'll get better offers than I did," Donnie said. "Tossing the ball around with him has done a lot for me."