Matt Keizer Commits to the Genesee Community College Cougars

by Jim Stewart

18U First Baseman and Outfielder Matt Keizer was influenced deeply by the Titans’ Fall College Trip in October, especially his visit to Genesee Community College and its baseball facilities.  As a result, Keizer will join teammate Saunders Mireault at the Batavia, New York campus in September as both Titans have signed their letters of intent to play for the NJCAA Genesee Community College Cougars. 

The resident of Aurora explained his choice to attend Genesee CC and play for the NJCAA D3 Cougars:  “The main reason I committed to Genesee was because I was looking for a great JUCO across the border with a great baseball program. They also have their new athletic facility which was a big thing for me to get my game to the next level.”  

The amiable newcomer to the Titans program has set his sights on the benefits of living in Batavia, New York:   “I’m really looking forward to being able live in the United States and be able to see how different of a lifestyle it is.” Keizer “will be majoring in sports management” because he “wants to stay in the sports industry in the near future.”  He outlined his athletic and academic goals as a student-athlete at Genesee CC:  “My athletic goals that I have are to work hard and give 110% during practices and game so I can work towards an NCAA Division 1 school.  My academic goal is to achieve over a 3.4 GPA so I will have the grades to be able to transfer to a university.” 

The versatile Titan expressed his gratitude to the organization regarding his college baseball placement:   “I can’t thank the Titans enough for taking me in as a new 18U player with open arms and treating me like I’ve been there from the start. Coach Bailey helped me get in contact with Genesee while we were on our 14-day college trip.” Although Keizer has only been a Titan since Fall Ball 2022, he did have an auspicious performance in Navy Blue and Orange in Illinois:  “My Highlight as a Titan was hitting a home run on our College Trip at Saint Xavier University.  This was a very big moment for me and it was pretty cool to be able to hit one in front of college coaches.” In addition to these big moments, Keizer’s Head Coach and College Placement Officer Denis Bailey sees important elements in his infielder/outfielder’s game that will be beneficial at the next level:  “Matthew is a high tempo type of player that brings lots of energy to his teammates and every game he plays.”

The energetic Keizer advised younger Titans players to “keep training and results will come and to stay consistent; consistency is key. Always make sure you have a strong attitude through days where you’re not getting the results you want.  “Practice is just as important as a game; if you practice poorly, you will play poorly so always give 110% during practice and games.”

The Titans Baseball organization congratulates Matt Keizer on his choice to study at Genesee Community College and play for the Cougars.  We look forward to his fine play on the diamond for the 18U Titans when the 2023 CPBL season starts in May.