Holder inks letter of intent to McPherson College

Tristen Holder signs his letter of intent to McPherson College on March 8th flanked by mother and father Jeffery and Susan Holder. (Courtesy)

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista senior Tristen Holder signed on the line to play baseball for the McPherson Bulldogs in McPherson, Kansas.

At Monte Vista Holder has been solid in the field currently holding a .939 fielding percentage over the course of his career. As a defensive stalwart the Monte Vista senior was also awarded a local honor of the ‘Golden Glove’ award through his high school during his sophomore year when he posted a personal best .950. This year Holder is on pace to improve on that number as he is currently fielding at 95 percent.

From the plate Holder has collected 31 hits and 14 RBI thus far in his high school career.

The Bulldogs baseball team has put together a 32-17 record so far in 2019, good enough to currently hold second place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. As a piece of a competitive machine Holder will look to help the Bulldogs continue moving in the right direction.

During his future in Kansas, Holder will be studying for a business degree. Having a chance to visit, Holder noted “I love their campus” but the valley native can hardly be blamed for being ready to spread his wings as another reason he included was “so I can get away, out of the valley, see what it’s like.” The Monte Vista senior had a glowing review of his future coaching staff to boot.

If McPherson College doesn’t sound familiar it should. Alamosa High School’s Head Baseball Coach Bryce Strecker came to the valley from Kansas after attending McPherson College. Holder can ask for campus hot spots and dining options this weekend when Alamosa hosts Monte Vista for a double header on Saturday.

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