Photo courtesy Sheri Williams/GF Golden Eagles
There may have been no hitter better in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in 2012 than Ross Kivett of the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. Kivett, a rising junior at Kansas State University, has claimed the 2012 PGCBL batting championship with a .401 batting average. He smashed the previous league batting record by .22 that was set last season by Cooperstown’s Bryan Aanderud and Elmira’s Ryan Normoyle. Each finished the 2011 regular season with a .379 batting average.
Kivett, who missed the final week of the regular season due to a pre-arranged trip to watch the Summer Olympics, played and started 40 games for the Golden Eagles. Despite missing the final seven tilts of the regular season, Kivett led the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.497), hits (61) and stolen bases (37). He finished in the top five in the PGCBL among qualifying players in slugging percentage (.556 – 3rd), runs scored (41, 4th), total bases (86, 4th), triples (three, T-5th) and times hit by a pitch (nine, T-5th). Kivett added 10 doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI, 22 walks and five total sacrifices. At the end of the regular season, the second baseman led the Golden Eagles in nine different offensive categories.
In 188 total plate appearances, the K-State lead-off hitter struck out just nine times.
Most impressively, Kivett reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in all of the 40 games that he played. The Broadview Heights, Ohio, native recorded at least one hit in 35 games overall. He completed his season with an 18-game hitting streak that included 32 total hits and a .416 batting average. Earlier in the season, Kivett enjoyed a 12-game hitting streak.
The rising junior at K-State logged 21 multi-hit games.
Kivett scored at least one run in 28 Glens Falls’ games. At one point, he reeled off at least one run in 14 straight. Kivett finished his season by scoring at least once in his final seven contests.
His finest performance came in a 12-4 victory over the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks on July 21 at East Field. Kivett went 5-for-5 with a home run, four runs scored, three RBI, one double and one stolen base.
The lead-off hitter from Kansas State was selected to play in the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game for Team Ebright. Kivett started the game at second base and totaled two at-bats. After grounding out in his first plate appearance, Kivett drew a one-out walk in the third. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs, he sprinted down the third base line in a mad dash attempting to steal home but he was retired on a close play.