Hays High School senior Trey Riggs is having a big year on the baseball diamond for 2019. The senior right handed pitcher and outfielder is getting it done on the mound and with his bat.
Riggs is 5-1 on the year with a top end speed in the higher 80s and average pitch speed in the mid 80s. Riggs has a 1.21 ERA with 43 striekouts on the season. He has picked up pitching wins over Colby, Washburn Rural (6A), Great Bend, Liberal and Manhattan (6A). He's hitting .388 at the plate with 20 RBI and has only struck out four times this season.
Riggs, a 6-foot-0, 180-pounder, in the class of 2019, earned first team All-WAC last year and was an honorable mention all-state pick from Sports in Kansas.
Hays High, under head coach Frank Leo, is also having a heck of a year as a team as they had a 17-1 record (based on regional seeding) entering the postseason.
They open up regional action today against Newton (2-16) at home at 2 pm. The winner gets Wichita Northwest or Great Bend in the regional championship game at 5 p.m. tonight in Hays. While Riggs has his sites on getting his team into the 5A state tournament in Wichita, we caught up with him below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Riggs
How did you get involved in baseball?
I was raised around baseball and softball. I grew up watching my Dad play softball and grew up loving the sport. My grand-Parents put in permanent bases in their back yard that my brothers and I played whiffle ball on all summer.
What are your goals this season?
Our goals for this season has been to Dream Big and accomplish a set of goals. We have crossed a lot of things off the list, but our biggest goals are still in front of us.
Do you guys have a shot to do big things this year?
Yes, we have a strong senior class this season and a lot of underclassmen with talent. I think our pitching staff is as deep as anyone in the state.
What makes you such a force as an athlete?
My dedication to the game and always improving. I have a great group of teammates and we push each other.
What’s the atmosphere like to play sports for your school and town?
It gets hyped. We have some pretty good crowds that come out and support us.
For anyone that hasn’t seen you or your team compete, why come and support?
We have a never give up attitude this year. We feel like we are never out of any game and compete to the last out. We are determined as a team and our coaches, that we have big dreams to accomplish this season.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a competitor?
My strengths are being able to move on to the next pitch or at bat. I am focused up when I am on the mound and have a me vs the batter mentality as a pitcher.
My weaknesses- I struggle with dealing with defeat. I put all I can into the game and coming up short is hard for me to except.
Do you play in the summer as well and what team, how is that?
I play with the Hays Eagles Legion team. It is a great time. We all have a great time playing during the summer!
Who are other key athletes on your team we need to look for? Our whole team is solid. We have guys in place from 1-9 that can get the job done.
Favorite thing about baseball?
Competing with and against my friends. Baseball is a game with so many moving parts and strategy. It is fun as a player to watch the chess match between coaches and players.
How cool is the state baseball experience if you’ve been?
We went my sophomore and it was a great experience and now we know as seniors how to prepare.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I played football this year for the first time since I was in 8th grade. It was a fun experience. When I am not pitching I play outfield or 1st.
What is it like to compete for your coach?
Coach Leo and Harper have done this for a long time. They have been awesome to play for over the past 4 years. They have taught us a lot of things about the game. They have been in a lot of big games and we look forward to sending them out the way they deserve.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
Hays recently had a facility open that allows for all of us to go hit and throw in the off season. The PIT has eliminated excuses for kids in Hays to not get better. The PIT is a game changer for us.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I have talked to some teams. I am hoping to find the right opportunity for school and continue playing baseball.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
I enjoy lifting weights, hunting and fishing when I’m not hanging out with my friends or family.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am hoping I have established a career in a health and science field.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
Human Biology, I am an average student with a 3.0.
Who is your role model?
My parents. They have been there for me for everything and haul me around everywhere for everything I do.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
Sake to Me is my favorite place to eat in Hays. They have good sushi.
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I pray before I pitch each game to get my mind right and focus on the task in front of me.