Members of the Murray State College Aggie Baseball Team are making their choices on where to continue their playing careers. Three players, Brance Kahle, Bradley Horn, and Brandon Grimsley, have signed on to play at the next level, and Daniel Arthur has made a verbal commitment and is expected to sign in April. All four are players who had key roles in the Aggies’ national championship title last year.
“I’m comfortable saying they will all represent our school well when they move on,” says MSC Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree. “They are all good guys who have been a really big part of our past success, and are going to be key players and leaders this season. We know they’ll do good things at their next schools.”
Brance Kahle will be moving on to the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Incarnate Word recently moved up to Division One in the NCAA. Crabtree says Kahle has a lot to offer the squad.
“He’s going to offer them a really good defensive third baseman that’s developing into a good hitter,” says Crabtree. “He’s just going to be real solid player and student that you don’t have to worry about.”
Kahle is from Colleyville, Texas and graduated from Grapevine Faith. He’s the son of Rick and Angela Kahle. He majors in Business at MSC, and plans to continue on in business at Incarnate Faith. In his first year as an Aggie, Kahle started as a walk-on. Crabtree says at the mid-year break, Kahle was concerned how much playing time he’d get.
“What’s funny is a week before the season started last spring, he walked in and said ‘Coach, I think I should have red-shirted because I’m not sure how much playing time I’m going to get,’ and I said ‘Well, you’re going to play a lot.’ He ended up starting 67 out of 68 games,” recalls Crabtree.
Kahle ended the season with a .313 average and was one of the team leaders in RBIs (43), hits (62), and runs scored (41).
Another walk-on for Crabtree, Brandon Grimsley also worked his way into a starting position with the Aggies. Grimsley’s hard work paid off for the team when he ended up getting the game-winning RBI in the national championship game.
“Grimsley didn’t start the first thirty-six games of the year,” says Crabtree. “He didn’t have a start, but he just kept working and working. He’s a guy who has a chance to get some looks from professional teams because of his frame. He’s got a lot of potential that we are just now tapping into.”
Grimsley is the son of Kim & Deven Bigham from McAlester. He graduated from McAlester High School before coming to MSC. Next fall, he’ll be a member of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savage Storm. Crabtree says the Storm are expecting Grimsley’s bat to help in the middle of the line-up.
“He’s one of the only two guys they signed during the early signing period,” he says” “They don’t sign a lot early unless it’s a guy they really want.”
The battery for the Aggies in the championship game will be heading to Dayton, Ohio in the fall. Pitcher Bradley Horn has signed with the University of Dayton, and catcher Daniel Arthur has verbally committed to Wright State University.
Horn, the son of Mike and Scottie Horn from Rowlett, Texas is a chemistry major at MSC who is serious about both his athletics and his academic career. Never one to back down from a challenge, Horn’s choice to move across the country is no coincidence.
“Bradley wanted to go see another part of the country and experience something he might not get to do again,” says Crabtree. “He likes challenges, and he doesn’t get awed at the situation.”
He heads to an NCAA program that has proven to be successful. The Dayton Flyers have a record of competing in their conference. Crabtree says in Horn, the Flyers are getting a real competitor.
“He knows how to pitch and he’s not afraid of anybody,” says Crabtree. “You saw that in the national championship game. He’s expected to be one of their conference starting pitchers. He’s going to be a big part of that team, and he’s going to do a good job.”
Daniel Arthur is expected to sign with Wright State, an NCAA Division One school, next month. A graduate of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, he is the son of Joan and Dan Arthur. He’s an engineering major at MSC.
Crabtree says Arthur was one of pieces that came into place at the right time during the run for the national championship last year. After only starting part time, Arthur had to step in during the championship game of the district tournament and take over when starting catcher Jacob Martinez was injured in a play at the plate.
“Daniel hadn’t caught a game in, I think, four weeks at that point,” recalls Crabtree. “He stepped right in and finished that game. Then there was some concern because heading into the World Series we had to catch a guy who hadn’t caught in a long time. But he catches every single pitch in the World Series, and had some big hits for us. He just did everything we could ask of him.”
Crabtree says Arthur is another player who has put in the time to become a better player. He says Arthur has made a good choice with Wright State.
“He went and played this summer in Alaska in a collegiate league,” says Crabtree. “He’s really good academically and he’s self-driven. He’ll do a good job at Wright State.”
Kahle, Grimsley, Horn and Arthur join Hunter Raley on the list of current Aggies who have signed for the fall. Raley previously signed with the University of Oklahoma.