Brance Kahle spent his entire youth playing baseball in the Grapevine and Colleyville area, and this past spring, it paid off in a big way for the Faith Christian alum.
Kahle, a third baseman on the Murray State College baseball team, helped lead the Aggies to a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship last spring, for which he and his teammates received their championship rings earlier this fall in a ceremony at the school's baseball facility.
“It was great,” Kahle said. “It was definitely one of the coolest things I have ever experienced, because we were the underdogs coming in. We've never been close to a championship before or even the postseason, so it was very cool.”
Kahle played for various club teams growing up, including the Colleyville Cougars, Dallas Patriots, and D-bat and high school at Faith Christian Academy, and said he believes that facing that level of competition growing up helped prepare him for the challenges of winning a national title.
“There are obviously a lot of kids that have talent in this area,” Kahle said. “I have faced a lot of kids that have gone on to big schools or been drafted, so I feel like it has been very competitive for me here, and I think if I had grown up somewhere else, I would not have been as prepared.”
Kahle is aware of the attitude that private schools are not as strong as the public schools when it comes to manufacturing athletic talent, which is something he rejects.
“I feel like it's false, because we had quite a few kids in our district that were drafted,” Kahle said. “We had players that went to major universities. I feel like it is as good as going to a public school.”
Kahle actually started out as a second basemen, which he played his entire life, and made the switch to third base last season.
“It was a difficult transition,” Kahle said, laughing. “It really is a hot corner over there compared to second, but I really like it. I love third now, because there is not as much thinking; you just react.”
Kahle hit .331 with three home runs, nine doubles and 65 RBI on the season and will be transferring to the University of Incarnate Word, where he has received a baseball scholarship, after this season.