Keiser Seahawks baseball pumped for first ever World Series
West Palm Beach (CBS12) —
Three years ago, 12 players from a dissolved Northwood University in Texas merged with the Keiser University Baseball team in West Palm Beach.. Head coach Jeremy Kennedy, who joined those 12 from Texas, dreamed for the team to play in the Avista-NAIA World Series. That dream will now come true this week.
The 5th ranked Seahawks are hoping to make themselves noticed at the program's first ever World Series in the program 24 year history, and he's anticipating a whole new type of adrenaline when they take on the home team in Lewiston Idaho this Friday.
"(It's exciting to) play in front of 5000 people and standing room only," says Kennedy. "Everyone is rooting against you."
"I've only played in front of a couple hundred," says junior Seahawks pitcher Daniel Garmendia." "So now we're supposed to have over 5000 people, You just have to stay calm and play the game you play."
And with one third of the Seahawks players coming from Palm Beach County, there's a local pride on the line, as they hope to put the West Palm Beach's Keiser on the college baseball map.
"This program wasn't known as a terrible program," recalls former Palm Beach Central player Keivan Berges. "But it wasn't headed in the right direction. And with all the talent in Palm Beach, it's good to see it heading in the right direction."
"We can certainly be a powerhouse year in and year out," says Kennedy. "And give a place for kids in Palm Beach County and the surrounding area to want to be."
"I think we're going to do a lot of damage," says Garmendia on the upcoming World Series. "I think once we get to the World Series we're going to start from the start again, and go all the way."