Caleb Knight – Competitive. Hard-Working. Teammate.
Caleb Knight, the Cowboys’ 20-year-old catcher from Checotah, has been on a path to play baseball as a career since he was a small boy. Graduating from Checotah High School in 2014 and Connors State College in 2016, Knight has made one thing clear about his life, baseball is more than a game; it’s his passion and a way for him to stand out among the others.
During his time on the field and in the classroom, Knight has shown that he has the character to lead his teammates and classmates to success. Knight has received much well-deserved admiration from his friends, family and community members during his time at Connors State, and, in 2016, was recognized by the NJCAA Division I Baseball Committee as the 2016 Spalding Defensive Player of the Year, and named to the prestigious 2016 American Baseball Coaches’ Association Rawlings Golden Glove Team.
Providing consistent leadership and performance from behind home plate, Knight proved to be an invaluable asset for Connors State throughout the 2016 season. Serving as a constant deterrent to baserunners looking to advance, Knight ranked in the top 20 in the country in runners caught stealing.
“I chose Connors State because Coach Keith has an extremely successful baseball program, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Knight. “My two years at Connors State have been the best years of my life. I’ve made life-long friends and memories that will never be forgotten.”
Knight started 57 of 57 games played behind the plate for the Cowboys, recording a .997 fielding percentage. He committed just one error. Knight added 45 assists and seven pickoffs, and threw out 19 of 25 runners trying to steal. At the plate, he hit .404 with 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 67 RBIs. Connors State finished the 2016 season with a 48-11 overall record, ranked 7th in the country.
“Caleb had a great year for us – he just continued to improve his craft behind the plate as the season went on,” said Perry Keith, Head Baseball Coach and 2008 NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee. “He was extremely solid every day at a very difficult position; people will never realize the toll that the catcher position takes on your body and how tough Caleb really is.”
Knight is continuing his education and baseball career at the University of Virginia.