Former Reed City baseball player finds life on the college level

REED CITY — Scott Miniear loves the game of baseball enough that he wanted to play it again this spring, college club style.

Miniear, a 2008 graduate from Reed City, was among the players on Ferris State’s spring club baseball team. He played baseball with the Coyotes all four seasons. He was a pitcher, catcher and third baseman. He earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior and made the Pioneer all-area dream team.

He also wrestled four seasons, and earned all-area honors, and played football two years. He was a safety in football.

Ferris does not have varsity baseball but has a club team that played a full spring schedule, including games at Win Kellum Field in Big Rapids.

“It was on the Ferris State website,” Miniear said, noting that he was getting ready to come to FSU. “I was going to school in Mount Pleasant (Mid-Michigan Community College). I said what the heck, I’ll try out and see if I make the team.”

Last semester was his first at Ferris. He earned a spot and will be a junior next year. He had been in the Marine Corps. Practice for the baseball team, after tryouts, were in January at the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Miniear is in the criminal justice program at Ferris with the goal of doing police work.

He was a middle infielder for Ferris and also pitched a couple of times.

Miniear recalls spring training at Tampa, Fla.

“I was struggling a little bit,” he said. “Once the season went on, I started picking up.”

He had some three-hit games. “I’d say the last three-quarters of the season I was one of the better hitters on the team,” Miniear said.

A memorable highlight was a win over Ohio State during the Florida trip.

A club team receives no finances from the school. Players pay their own way.

“I really enjoyed it,” Miniear said. “I got to meet a lot of good guys. It was a good experience to get back on the field and meet new guys. Even though we had a rough season, we made the best of it.”

Miniear is planning on playing with the 2014-15 club team.

“We played a couple of fall ballgames,” he said. “I know there’s a tournament we want to get into. I don’t know if that will work out.”

Miniear said the quality of ball was what he expected.

“We did see some All-American pitchers, including a guy from Bowling Green who played on their Division I team,” Miniear said. “I know Ferris is a Division II school and we played all Division I teams. We kept playing and went on from there.”