David King commits to Ventura College

by Jason Booth

2022 infielder David King has announced his commitment to Ventura College, a CCCAA program in Ventura, California.

The Ventura Pirates compete in the Western State Conference (WSC) of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), which is an association in California that oversees 108 athletic programs.

Despite not having a Canadian on the roster in 2021, there will be multiple familiar faces in the Ventura program once King heads West. Current head coach Cole Mahoney-Bruer hails from Canada and former Team Ontario outfielder Matthew Panzica recently transferred to the Pirates. 

Coach Mahoney-Bruer's experience with international players, and specifically Canadians, ultimately helped King make his decision to play collegiate ball on the West Coast.

"I chose Ventura College because it's a great opportunity to play early on in my college career for a program that has found a lot of success not only on the field, but in moving guys forward to the next level," says King. "It also fit the perfect location I wanted to be and the coach has a lot of experience with international players."

The Newmarket, Ont., native joins a Ventura program that finished the most recent 2021 season with an overall record of 15-13 and closed out the season on a five-game winning streak. They finished in the middle of the pack in what's widely regarded as a top-tier junior college conference.

King has continued to progress in all areas of his game since joining the Team Ontario program and his leadership skills have helped set himself a part. He has worked hard to prepare himself for his senior year and started with a bang this fall as he played well in October while going up against college arms.

The entire program is excited for this new opportunity for David and can't wait to follow his college career.