Calm and collected; the keys to CSI Baseball's success in 2018

TWIN FALLS, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) The 2018 campaign finally ended for the College of Southern Idaho Baseball team, after a lengthy postseason.

They're used to finishing up the season in the second week of May, not pushing early June.

There's a sense of peace at Skip Walker Field. The players have either graduated or gone home for summer break.

Just a group of kids you'll never forget because of the fact they just played the game. The College of Southern Idaho Baseball team finished third at the JUCO World Series last week in Grand Junction, Colorado.

They were the lowest remaining seed out of the top four teams Thursday. "It's been awhile since we had a lot of success in the postseason, CSI head baseball coach Boomer Walker exclaims.

CSI won every game at home this year and enjoyed a perfect run through the postseason until they encountered Walters State.

Walker said, "we were visitors and we had to go to a different location to hit, everything seemed to tick off. We hadn't been in a gray uniforms in almost a month. It just seemed like something was going on with our group that we weren't going to win that. Something was different."

Despite losing the final two games, you might call this squad the Cinderella team of the JUCO postseason.

"It was almost like the magic was fading and we just ran out of gas, but tremendous experience," Walker said.

And definitely turned some heads early on, especially with Monday's game of knocking off No. 2 Iowa Western, snapping their 36-game win streak. That game also coincided with Memorial Day, a day Coach Walker says was the best day in his 23 years.

"There were 12,000 fans at the game. They had veterans, 50 veterans bring on 50 flags to represent the 50 state before the game, the pregame ceremony brought in two retired service people. The whole environment was so electric."

A lot of firsts for this team in the new millenium, laying the foundation for the future of the program.

The team returns SWAC and Region 18 Player of the Year Hayden Leatham, plus all-conference honorees David Hudleson and Nolan Walker.

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