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July 1, 2014

Corsicana grad Otten had season to remember

Otten led the nation in stolen bases and helped Tyler JC win national title

Corsicana — Zane Otten can take a breather this summer.

After all, he had a season that would take your breath away.

Otten, a 2013 Corsicana High graduate, was a big reason the Tyler Junior College Apaches won the NJCAA national baseball title.

Otten played center field and hit second in the lineup and was the catalyst for Tyler. He hit .390 for the season and led the nation with 36 stolen bases, and even stole home. He was third in the nation in sacrifices.

“I didn't expect to have this good of a year,'' Otten said. “I didn't expect to hit almost .400 and I didn't expect to led the nation in stolen bases.''

But he did.

And he seemed to get better as the season wore on, getting better and better — right up until the final game when he finished in style.

Otten had a big game in the national title game against Cumberland County Community College. He went 2 for 4 with a single and a triple and a stolen base. He scored the first inning to get Tyler going in the 6-3 win that completed a four-game sweep in the World Series tournament.

“I've never been a part of something like that,'' said Otten of winning it all. “It's a weird feeling being the last team standing. It's kind of unexplainable. It's a different feeling being a part of something like that.''

Otten said one of the best things about the season was the team.

“Playing with this group of guys I had,'' he said.

“And I had a great coach who helped me a lot, and he had a lot of confidence in me.''

It showed.

It was that growing confidence that helped Otten produce such a monster.

“I did have confidence,'' he said. “I knew I could do it. It was like, Man, this is crazy! In the middle of the season I was thinking, 'This is really a good season let's see if I can keep it going.'

“It was a lot of fun,'' he said. “I'll never forget this season.''

 

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