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Coyote transfer readies to return to D-1

 

Trevis Sundgren will never forget his first collegiate pitching appearance. It was at Minute Maid Park in Houston, home of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros. He was a member of the Houston Cougars, pitching against Kentucky.

17 Sundgren“I like to look back on that moment and really enjoy the chance I had to pitch in that ballpark and at the Shriners Classic,” Sundgren said.

Now a sophomore at Weatherford College, Sundgren has blossomed into one of the top pitchers in the Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. As of this article, he had a record of 6-4 with 54 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

At the University of Houston, following a standout high school career in Silsbee, he saw very little action, posting a 0-0 record in 2.1 innings pitched.

However, he said the experience he gained helped him become the pitcher he is now in what many consider the toughest junior college conference and region in the nation.

“Throwing against top programs such as Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Kentucky, even though not throwing many innings, I gained a lot from the experience mentally and grew from it,” Sundgren said.

He said he chose WC because “It felt like home.”

“The facilities are great,” Sundgren said. “I knew I could trust Coach [Jeff] Lightfoot and the coaching staff would help me continue my career somewhere after being here.”

Lightfoot, the only head coach the Coyotes have ever had since starting the program in 2003, is well-known for helping his players move on to careers at larger schools. He’s also established a reputation for having many Coyotes get drafted by Major League teams.

Sundgren is no different. He plans to return to a larger program following this season as a Coyote. He will be playing for Texas State University, majoring in business and hoping to become an entrepreneur.

“I am hoping to one day create my own business and create a chain off of that,” he said.

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