Kingston stand­out to play at St. Bon­aven­ture

Kingston star Tyler Kelder signs Di­vi­sion I let­ter to at­tend St. Bon­aven­ture, pur­sue ca­reer in medicine

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­line.com @MStribl on Twit­ter

Tyler Kelder has his fu­ture all ar­ranged.

Kingston High’s All-Star corner in­fielder signed his Na­tional Let­ter of In­tent to at­tend St. Bon­aven­ture Col­lege to play Di­vi­sion I base­ball and also set in mo­tion a ca­reer in medicine.

The Bon­nies, who went 26-22-1 last sea­son and com­pete in the tough At­lantic 10 Con­fer­ence, are no strangers to the Hud­son Val­ley.

“In the past there have been some guys that have gone to St. Bon­aven­ture from this area. They, ob­vi­ously, like to re­cruit from around here,” Kelder noted.

“I talked to them a few times early in my ju­nior year and then, to­wards the end of the sum­mer, they were at one tour­na­ment and I played re­ally well,” he said. “They con­tacted me and then I went up for a visit.

“They of­fered and it just seemed like a good fit.”

Kelder, who had vis­ited St. John’s and Stony Brook as a sopho­more, chose St. Bon­aven­ture over an of­fer from an­other D-I school in the New Jersey In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

“I was just wait­ing for of­fers. I re­ally didn’t have a fa­vorite. I had a feel­ing about the schools that I might want to go to, but then they of­fered and I got one other of­fer. It was be­tween those two schools, so I had to make a de­ci­sion,” Kelder said.

Schol­ar­ships will cover about 75 per­cent of his tu­ition at the cam­pus lo­cated south of Buf­falo.

“It’s very good. They gave me the best ath­letic schol­ar­ship they could give and I got a lot of aca-

demic money,” Kelder said.

A ma­jor fac­tor in Kelder’s de­ci­sion was St. Bon­aven­ture’s Early As­sur­ance Pro­gram (EAP) with The Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity School of Medicine. It al­lows St. Bon­aven­ture sopho­mores early ac­cep­tance to med­i­cal school with­out need­ing to take the MCAT (Med­i­cal Col­lege Ad­mis­sion Test).

Stu­dents must meet cer­tain grade point av­er­age (3.5 and up) and pre­req­ui­site course re­quire­ments to ap­ply.

“I’m go­ing to do bio/premed and there’s a pro­gram that I’m ap­ply­ing for that, if I get in, then I’ll have a spot in med school so that I won’t have to ap­ply or take the MCAT when I grad­u­ate col­lege,” Kelder said. “That was an­other rea­son why I chose the school, be­cause it pro­vides such op­por­tu­ni­ties for that as well.”

Kelder pitched, played first and third base for Kingston last year. He sported a 4-1 record with a 2.97 earned run av­er­age.

He was a hit­ting ma­chine with power for the Tigers. He bat­ted .412 with 35 hits, in­clud­ing a school­record 16 dou­bles.

He also hit two triples and two homers to­ward a .718 slug­ging av­er­age. He scored 21 times, drove in 29 runs and had an on-base per­cent­age of . 464.

Larry Sud­brook, who has coached St. Bon­aven­ture to 654 vic­to­ries in 31 sea­sons, is look­ing at get­ting Kelder’s bat into the lineup pronto.

“He said that I will have a chance to start as a fresh­man at ei­ther third, first or even in a DH role,” Kelder said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting my chances. It looks pretty good.”

On the Bon­nies ros­ter right now is Kingston alum Micah Rid­dick, ju­nior out­fielder.

And on St. Bon­aven­ture’s sched­ule ev­ery year

are non-con­fer­ence games with Ni­a­gara, where Tiger team­mate Jef­fery Hayner has signed to at­tend next year.

“Jeff’s not go­ing to be that far. I know we al­ways play Ni­a­gara in a se­ries and Siena (where Avery Short is go­ing) we al­ways have a chance to play,” said Kelder, who plays for the Ta­conic Rangers sum­mer team. “I have (travel team) team­mates that have com­mit­ted in the past to schools like Rhode Is­land and they all com­pete in the At­lantic 10 with St. Bon­aven­ture. I’ll be play­ing a lot of kids that I know.”

Kelder is ex­cited at the prospect of play­ing at the up­per col­le­giate level.

“Play­ing Di­vi­sion I base­ball has al­ways been a dream of mine,” he said. “I’ve been play­ing and work­ing and try­ing to get the at­ten­tion of col­lege coaches since I was a fresh­man in high school. To have this hap­pen feels so great.

“It’s just hard to ex­plain. It’s very ex­cit­ing.”

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Tyler Kelder signs his let­ter of in­tent to St. Bon­aven­ture sur­rounded by fam­ily, coaches and a guid­ance coun­selor.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Tyler Kelder hit .412 with a school-record 16 dou­bles, as well as two triples, two home runs, 29 RBI and 21 runs scored for Sec­tion 9, Class AA cham­pion Kingston.

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