The desire to play at a higher level seemed to be trending among the Wright City baseball team this spring. A cast of baseball-first athletes capped off successful varsity careers by inking letters …
Quiles Signs With Missouri Valley
By Derrick Forsythe, Record Sports Editor
The desire to play at a higher level seemed to be trending among the Wright City baseball team this spring.A cast of baseball-first athletes capped off successful varsity careers by inking letters of intent to play at schools across the state.Joining a pair of his teammates, Carlos Quiles followed suit.The senior infielder will take his speed and accuracy to the next level after recently signing with Missouri Valley College.“Not being a really big guy or a power hitter, I kind of had to go out and talk to coaches myself,” said Quiles.He chose the Marshall school over North Central Missouri College and Culver-Stockton.Quiles has been a two-year contributor on the varsity level for the Wildcats, after transferring from Florida. He made an immediate impact at the top of the rotation.“He’s got an incredibly high baseball IQ,” said Coach Dave Chapman. “That’s one of the things I noticed right away, was his sense of awareness.”“I’d say my baseball IQ is one of my strengths,” echoed Quiles. “There’s a lot more to the game than people think.”Batting .375 as a senior, Quiles finished second on the team with 24 hits, collecting 12 RBIs and 18 runs scored.“He’s not a power hitter, but he hits a lot of gaps and does a great job of getting on base for us,” said Quiles. “He has started many rallies.”Through 20 innings on the mound, he struck out 26 batters and walked 19.But it was perhaps his stellar performance at second base that most impressed his coaches.“If he wanted to, he could play all nine positions,” said Quiles. “He’s a great defender.”During his junior year he batted .313 with 25 hits, 20 runs and 10 RBIs.He pitched 34 innings, striking out 34 batters and walking 18.Quiles will be joining a Vikings team that finished 3-35 last season.“I’ll probably be used mostly in the middle infield at second base,” said Quiles. “That’s probably been my best of my whole career.”He is anxious to test his ability at the next level and believes his contribution will reach beyond physical output.“I think it goes beyond my hitting and speed,” said Quiles. “It’s going to be knowing the game and directing everyone around me.”Quiles was part of one of the most successful senior classes in program history, advancing to the district title game for the first time in.“It’s been really fun,” said Quiles. “We definitely accomplished a lot of things, and I feel good about how the year went.”Quiles plans to pursue a degree in the criminal justice field.
Wright City senior Carlos Quiles recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Missouri Valley College.