The Dodge City Community College baseball team will add two local kids to its dugout next season as Dodge City High School’s Zach Harvey and Steven Mills signed letters of intent on Wednesday.


The Dodge City Community College baseball team will add two local kids to its dugout next season as Dodge City High School’s Zach Harvey and Steven Mills signed letters of intent on Wednesday.
    “Since I have came here five years ago, I kind of … tried to rebuild some bridges with the high school,” DCCC head coach Phil Stephenson said. “The previous coaching staff really kind of burned everything that was over here and the players were leaving and going other places and I feel it is important to try to keep the best players available in Dodge City and get them to stay home and play.
    “We have been pretty fortunate and have had some pretty good players that have come through the last couple of the years. … We feel it is important to establish those bonds and keep the local kids who want to continue to play.”
    Both players were key members on the football team, but decided on baseball.
    “I have always loved baseball,” Mills said. “I did not want to quit playing after high school.”
    “Baseball has always been my family’s favorite sport and it is mine too.”
    Mills will join his older brother, Jon Mills, on the DCCC roster.
    In the just-concluded season, the Conquistadors had a brother duo of Evan and Rudy Krist.
    “You hope (brothers) push each other,” Stephenson said. “I think that is part of what happened with the Krist brothers. Both of them were playing first base, even though Evan pitched quite a bit, I think it allowed for better competition. They pushed each other a bit because both guys obviously wanted to play the position and I think it made for a good season.
    “I think it will be the same way here. There will be a little sibling rivalry. … Each guy is going to try and one up the other one.”
    Steven Mills ranks third on the DCHS team in batting average, hitting 419 . He was tied for second on the team with Harvey in RBIs with 17.
    “Mills is going to bring you guts and determination,” DCHS head coach Daniel Rogers said. “He is going to bring a great work ethic. He is going to do everything you ask of him. He is really raw right now and I think at the next level, he will get everything straightened out.”
    Both players said they have enjoyed living in Dodge City and are happy to stick around.
    “I like Dodge, I like the town, I like the people and I like watching the juco play,” Mills said.
    Mills has lived his entire life in Dodge City, while Harvey has moved around the world as his mother, Jennifer Schulte, was in the military. Before coming to Dodge City he lived in Portugal.
    “(Dodge City) is smaller,” Harvey said. “I like the feel and the people here. I would say (this is the favorite place I have lived) because of all the people and my friends.”
    Harvey is batting 281 on the season for the Red Demons. He has come up big in important situations.
    He made a web-gem catch against Wichita Heights for the final out to give Ty Thomas a no-hitter.
    “(Harvey) has kind of always stepped up in the big situations for us this year,” Rogers said. “He has hit the ball hard all season, it just happened to go right at people and now he is starting to find the holes and hits are starting to fall through.
    “ The RBIs are because he has been in situations with guys (on base) and he has always seemed to put the ball in play and find the spots to score those runs.”
    Rogers said one of Mills’ strengths is his work ethic.
    “We like to call him the bulldog because he is very competitive and he wants to be the best at everything and he works as hard or harder as everybody else all the time,” he said.