Nye to continue career at next level

Posted 5/5/20

Madisonville High School senior Kody Nye will continue his baseball career at McPherson College next year, the McPherson baseball program announced via Twitter Thursday.

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Nye to continue career at next level

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Madisonville High School senior Kody Nye will continue his baseball career at McPherson College next year, the McPherson baseball program announced via Twitter Thursday.

“Baseball is a game to some but it is life for me,” said Nye. “As a senior baseball player, I would just like to say thank you to the Mustang fans, teachers, staff and parents for supporting all the athletes.”

Madisonville’s 2020 season was cut short prior to district play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Nye drove in 21 runs as a junior in 2019, including three homeruns, along with nine doubles and was pegged as a team leader and cleanup hitter in 2020.

But Nye will remember the relationships forged with coaches and fellow players before any statistical accolade.

“The first thing I will take away from my coaches is to always have faith in somebody, because you never truly know what they are going through,” said Nye. “I hurt my right shoulder last year on the first day of baseball. It tore me up inside because baseball is all I know. When I found out i was going to have surgery, I was crushed because it felt like it was all slipping away and I could not do anything to stop it. I came out this year with a purpose to prove to myself that getting hurt was just a lesson to never take something you love for granted.”

Nye credits his coaches and teammates for supporting him throughout this process. Head coach Adam Borgfeld allowed him to get back on the mound during his junior season, allowing Nye to try and control the game as a pitcher again.

“Coaches preach about how a team is a family,” said Nye. "You are not always going to love each other, but all that goes out the window when you step out on the field. Getting the chance to play even a small portion of my senior season was a special moment. It was a chance not only to represent the Mustangs, but to teach, mold and help the younger guys that will be filling in the hole when you are gone.”

Nye reflected on the chance to mentor freshman Cutter Smith, who also played Nye’s first base position. He stated the chance to pass on his knowledge of the game meant a lot to him.

“(Nye) was very team-oriented and a leader,” said Borgfeld. “He was not a real vocal type of leader, but he led by example and through his work ethic. You didn't have to tell him to do things. He just knew what to do and he took care of it. I just really appreciate what he did for us in that aspect. We are going to miss his dearly in our program but are extremely happy for him. His leadership abilities will help him go a long way, not just in baseball, but in life.”

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