Monarchs Baseball - History

Monarchs' Coach Marty Kilgore hits milestone: 500 career wins

April 2015 - After starting his coaching career as an assistant coach at Metropolitan Community College 25 years ago, Marty Kilgore has reached yet another milestone with the Monarchs: his 500th win. With Kilgore in the dugout, the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs coasted to an easy 12-2 home win over conference rival St. Charles Community College April 11.               

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Winfrey drafted by Cleveland Indians 

Nate Winfrey, a standout first at Liberty High School and then MCC-Maple Woods, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 28th Round of the MLB draft.

Winfrey has been a strong player for the Monarchs at third base, and was also chosen for the National Junior College Athletics Association's All Region 16 team.

Two Monarchs selected for NJCAA All-Region honors

WinfreyTrenton Hill and Nate Winfrey were recently named to the National Junior College Athletics Association All-Region 16 team. Nate Winfrey, a native of Liberty, Mo., just completed his freshman season with the Monarchs.



HillHill, who was unanimously voted NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year, finished his sophomore season on a high note. He amassed 83 hits, 9 home runs and 56 RBIs.



MCC-Maple Woods alum Logan Morrison returns to KC - as a rival

Former Monarch and MCC-Maple Woods alum Logan Morrison was back in KC recently to play baseball - AGAINST the hometown Royals. Morrison, who now plays first base for the Miami Marlins, knocked in a run in the sixth inning, but the Marlins lost the game 6-2.

Even before being drafted by the Miami Marlins, Logan Morrison had a special talent – a power hitter and a great glove made him stand out amongst his fellow players at Maple Woods. Choosing to attend college instead of moving straight into the MLB system when he was drafted by Miami in 2006, Morrison evolved as a natural leader both on and off the field.

While with the Monarchs, Morrison excelled at the plate and in the field, leading the team in most batting categories and committing just 3 errors the entire year. After moving on to the South Atlantic League, Morrison continued to lead his team at bat, as well as off the field. He was called up by the Marlins in 2010, and is currently playing first base.

First recipients of Matt Mason Memorial Scholarship selected

In honor of former Monarch and U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Mason, MCC-Maple Woods awards a scholarship each year to two baseball players currently with the team.

The first recipients of the award are sophomore outfielders, roommates, and Missouri locals Ryan Cooper and Will Carter. The award is presented to players who not only exhibit athletic prowess on the field but who are also leaders and outstanding citizens off the field.

Matt Mason Memorial Scholarship recipients Will Carter and Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, who is also a catcher in addition to playing outfield, is from Owensville, Mo.

"Ryan is a very dedicated young man both on and off the field," said assistant coach Justin Munson.

"He displays leadership qualities, and is the type of person that people follow because of his work ethic and dedication. Ryan is a very talented young man and with a bright future."

Will Carter, roommate and fellow outfielder, is from St. Joseph, Mo.

"Will is a tough-nosed kid that always gives 110 percent all day, every day," said Munson.

"He has a positive attitude, and leads both vocally and by example. Will dedicates every day to getting better and it shows on and off the field."

A history of excellence.

The MCC-Maple Woods baseball tradition spans more than 40 years. An extra-inning game over William-Jewell in 1972 marked the first win for the new team. Larry Beshears was the first coach.

In 1994, Chris Mihlfeld was hired to be the head baseball coach of the Maple Woods baseball team, then called the Centaurs. He hired Marty Kilgore as an assistant coach. The coaching staff made a commitment to work hard to attain national recognition. In 1997, the Centaurs won their first regional tournament. The team won the regional tournament in 1998 and went on to win the South Central District and placed 5th in the NJCAA World Series.

In 1998, Chris Mihlfeld took a job with the LA Dodgers and Marty Kilgore became the head coach. The Centaurs went on to win the regional tournament and All American Albert Pujols was selected in the 13th round by the St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB draft. 

The MCC-Maple Woods baseball program continued to dominate winning the region XVI tournament in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2016. In 2006, the Sports Training Center was opened, providing a temperature-controlled, 10,000 sq. ft., state-of-art field turf facility. In 2007, Brian Bechtel was named athletic director, and the mascot name was changed from the Centaurs to the Monarchs, partly to recognize the legacy of the Kansas City Negro League team of the same name. That year, Logan Morrison and Jake Blackwood were drafted and signed with the Florida Marlins.

The program has won eight regional tournaments, and has one World Series appearance. It has produced thirteen All Americans and more than forty players who have signed professional contracts. More than 90% of the sophomores continuing their education through the game of baseball.