by Doug Glosson
Kolton Perfect, 2013 Warren High School graduate, is leaving Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and heading north to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, to play baseball for the Vikings. Perfect was a walk-on redshirt freshman at SFA last season, but was offered a scholarship by Missouri Valley for 2014 and beyond, so his decision to leave SFA was a relatively easy one. As a redshirt freshman at SFA, he went through practices, conditioning and weight training, but did not see any playing time. Perfect played every out of every game in high school, but the situation at SFA did not discourage Perfect as he knew what he wanted to do and would wait for his time to come.
He found it tough to balance classroom work and baseball practice as well. Perfect worked hard at practice, but worked even harder on his classroom responsibilities and making the grades in hopes of one day entering dental school. Missouri Valley, about an hour from Kansas City, is a private four year college with about 1400 students and a member of Division I National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Perfect said he is ready for the hard work and dedication it will take to become either the starting second baseman or shortstop and is looking forward to the competition.
Missouri Valley baseball was at the bottom of the standings last season, but with a new coach and incoming prospects this coming season they are hoping to be a contender. Perfect stated, "For any high school athletes wanting to play baseball in college, they will need be dedicated and have pride in what they are there to accomplish. You are by yourself in a new place, meeting new people and new teammates. This type of situation really starts to show your character and what you are made of, especially when you start battling for positions. Not everyone gets a chance to live their dreams, so take advantage of the opportunity when it comes." Perfect is excited about his new challenge at Missouri Valley and everyone in the Warren community is proud to see him working hard toward his goals and wishes him good luck in the upcoming year.