WESTCO players Buchhammer, Garcia ink with WNCC baseball
     2016-01-22      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Courtesy photo Scottsbluff’s Cooper Buchhammer and Trevor Garcia sign with Western Nebraska Community College to play in the coming baseball season. 
Scottsbluff’s Cooper Buchhammer and Trevor Garcia will continue their baseball playing not far from home after signing to play for Western Nebraska Community College next year.

Both players play for the WESTCO Zephyrs Senior American Legion program and both said WNCC was their main choice.

“I have always been involved with the program, doing pitching and hitting leagues,” Buchhammer said. “I have known Coach Mike Jones for a long time and last winter when he asked me if I was going to be the next guy from Scottsbluff High School to play for the Cougars. That was the way I wanted to go. This fall during Fall League, he asked me if I wanted to commit and I said yes. I have always wanted to be a Cougar growing up watching games and stuff.”

Garcia said it was an easy choice to play baseball over football, the other sport he is good at.

“Ever since I was little my main goal was to play baseball at the next level. My mindset was on that the whole time. It wasn’t really a choice between baseball and football,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better than playing the sport I love at the next level. Today, I am signing with the college on my birthday. That couldn’t be a better present to ask for.”

Garcia, too, new what WNCC and Jones had to offer and playing for the Cougars was an easy decision.

“I wanted to stay closer to home with my family and stay in the community,” Garcia said. “Coach Jones showed a lot of interest in me since my junior year and those are key factors that wanted me to stay here.”

Buchhammer, too, knew baseball was what he wanted to do.

“After not playing basketball my freshman year, I started to really focus on baseball,” he said. “It wasn’t until my junior year when I knew baseball was the way I wanted to go.”

Zephyr head coach Mark Moran said both players have improved through the years and will be key performers for the Zephyrs this year.

“He [Cooper] did a great job for us last summer. He was learning a new position in being a catcher,” he said. “He wasn’t a catcher so much growing up and he is growing into that position. Through a lot of hard work he really improved during the year and he will be a lot better this year. He puts in a lot of work in our indoor place and has a hitter he has really grown up. We are looking for big things this summer.”

And Garcia, Moran said, is a special player that combines speed and power to the field.

“Trevor is being modest about his defense. Defensively he is a machine,” he said. “We rarely have a guy with his kind of speed or his kind of power, and you rarely get them both in the same guy. He is a special offensive guy.”

Last summer for WESTCO, Garcia batted .424 with 55 runs scored, 54 RBIs, three home runs, 10 triples, 10 doubles and 61 hits. Besides being an outfielder, Garcia also saw time on the mound, tossing 41.1 innings with an earned run average of 3.726 with 37 strikeouts.

Buchhammer batted .254 last season with five doubles, 35 RBIs and 13 runs scored. On the mound, Buchhammer threw 12 innings with 12 strikeouts.

Buchhammer said he will be catching and playing a little first base at the college level, while Garcia is set to be an outfielder.

WNCC coach Mike Jones said it is a huge plus to his program to get players from the area.

“It is a huge plus for us to recruit local players,” he said. “We know they will be a good fit in our program.”

Moran said it is a plus for his WESTCO program to send two more players on to college baseball.

“It is always nice to see more guys go on to play,” he said. “I am happy for Coop and Trevor to join other players at the college.”

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