Drew KunsRe-print with permission from Press Publications

As far as Drew Kuns is concerned, the NABF College World Series won't get here soon enough.

“I can't wait,” said Kuns, a designated hitter/first baseman for the Ohio Monarchs Gold team. “It's going to be great. Our team's good; we're on a streak right now.” 

“We're hoping to go in there and dominate like they did two years ago - go in there and win,” Kuns said. “We have great chemistry because we're all from around Toledo. We all played with each other in high school and now we can join together to make a good team. It's up there with the teams I've played on. It's the second-best team I've played on in the summer. There's some great talent on this team.”

Kuns, a Clay graduate, was the City League Player of the Year in 2009. A sophomore-to-be at Bowling Green State University, Kuns said he's looking forward to helping the Monarchs regain the NABF World Series title they won in 2008.

“We're hoping to go in there and dominate like they did two years ago - go in there and win,” Kuns said. “We have great chemistry because we're all from around Toledo. We all played with each other in high school and now we can join together to make a good team. It's up there with the teams I've played on. It's the second-best team I've played on in the summer. There's some great talent on this team.”

The NABF College World Series will be held Aug. 5-8 at various locations around

 

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Toledo, including Bowman Park, Ned Skeldon Stadium, Owens Community College and Sylvania Southview High School. The semifinals and championship game, scheduled for 7 p.m., are Sunday, Aug. 8 at Skeldon Stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kuns is a veteran of summer baseball. After his freshman year at Clay he played summer ball for the Ohio Trojans. Kuns then played for the Delray Beach Mud Hens in the summer following his sophomore, junior and senior year.

“Delray Beach is a team out of Florida,” Kuns said. “They had 12 guys from there and we had six guys from Ohio. They flew up here for four weeks and all of us flew down there for three weeks. It was fun. I just wanted to stay local this year because I had to work a little bit, too.”

Kuns is spending this summer working for his father's company, Tom's Home Repair.

“I'll never do that kind of work for a living,” Kuns said. “It's tough. I'm studying criminal justice (at BG). I'd like to be a detective when it's all said and done. My mom (Brenda) and dad love the idea.”

Kuns hooked up with the Monarchs Gold team after one of his coaches at BG sent Monarchs General Manager Steve Timofeev an e-mail inquiring about Kuns' chances of playing for the Monarchs – they also have a Blue team - this summer.

“Steve Timofeev asked me to play,” Kuns said. “I went and watched them play last year; one of my buddies played for them. I also played with Alex (Timofeev) at Clay and he's on the Blue team.”

As a freshman at BG, the 6-2, 185-pound Kuns played in 17 games and started 10, hitting .244 with six runs and 11 RBI. Through 29 games, Kuns leads the Gold in hitting (.403) to go along with seven doubles, two home runs, six walks, 17 runs and 22 RBI.

“I love it,” Kuns said of playing for the Monarchs. “It's a lot of fun. It's so laid back - we just go out there and play and have fun. And we always win, so that's a plus. I've done pretty good. I was hoping to keep my strikeouts low (11 in 77 at-bats), knock in some runs and keep my batting average up.”

Through July 21, the Gold (22-6) was in first place in both the nine-team Tri-State League and the Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation. Manager Ed Mouch's team won both league titles last season but got eliminated in the semifinals of the NABF World Series.

Mouch, who is also the head coach at Southview, said Kuns fit right in with this year's squad.

“I coached against Drew when he was in high school at Clay,” Mouch said. “One of the big things Drew brings is the ability to hit the baseball. He hits in the three-hole for us and he hits for power with his ability to hit the ball in the gaps. Drew's a good first baseman. He knows how to play the game, where to be when balls are hit and how to be in the right place at the right time.

“He's loose and he has a very outgoing personality, and he's able to communicate with a lot of different people. He doesn't just hang with the Clay kids. He's very easy to talk to and he's come from a very successful program at Clay. And, he enjoys winning games.”

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