Marble Falls pair to join forces at McLennan
May 29, 2013, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Stacy Heinatz and Cole Ridgely both had standout years for the Marble Falls Mustangs as seniors.
This week they decided to keep teaming together in the sport they love.
They both have committed to play baseball for the McLennan Community College in Waco, a member of the Texas Junior College North Division.
Heinatz and Ridgely said Tuesday that they are glad to have the opportunity to play collegiately and will sign their respective papers this week. McLennan assistant coach Adam Hornung recruited the pair of Mustangs and said he expects to get the paperwork signed Wednesday.
Heinatz, the No. 3 hitter in the Mustangs lineup all season, was one of the clutch players for the Mustangs throughout their 23-8 season. Heinatz played shortstop and also was used as a relief pitcher.
Ridgley, who batted second throughout the District 25-4A campaign, was the ace of the Mustangs pitching staff and helped the team advance to the area round before losing to San Antonio Alamo Heights.
"This is what I’ve always wanted,’’ Heinatz said Tuesday night. "It’s an amazing campus with great facilities. It’s close to home (Marble Falls). It has the Brazos River running right through town and it not far to Lake Waco.’’
Ridgely said Tuesday that McLennan was his top choice among the junior colleges he had considered.
"It (playing on the same college team as his longtime friend) wasn’t planned, but it would be good,’’ Ridgely said.
McLennan finished 25-31 last season and was 12-20 in conference play in the JC league that includes Temple, Weatherford, Hill, Vernon, Cisco, Ranger, Grayson and North Central.
"We have most of our position players and about half of our pitchers coming back,’’ said Hornung.
Heinatz and Ridgely will be playing the in Austin area coaches all-star game June 9 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
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