The road trip that never ends: Glasgow teen has been living in camper to play for Outlaws


Kasey Seyfert of Glasgow poses by the camper where he spent the summer in Miles City while playing baseball for the Miles City Outlaws Varsity team. (STAR PHOTO/Abe Winter)
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Abe Winter
Star Staff Writer

You could title the movie “For Love of the Game II.”

This time, though, Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston wouldn’t be the stars. Instead it could be Kasey Seyfert and, well, perhaps Miley Cyrus.

Seyfert, a 2017 Glasgow High School graduate, loves baseball just as much as Costner. After all, how many players age 18 would spend the summer living in a camper, cooking simple meals — usually scrambled eggs — for breakfast and supper most days.

But that’s what Seyfert did this year, moving to Miles City to play for the Outlaws Varsity.

“I came here the day after I graduated (in May),” said Seyfert, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound infielder/pitcher who wrapped up his one and only season with the Outlaws at the CABA Tournament this week in Cheyenne, Wyoming. “It was the best thing for me.”

“He’s 150 pounds and it’s all fire and passion,” Outlaws Varsity coach Monty Frare said. “He brings a winning attitude and brings toughness to our team.”

In high school he also wrestled, played one season of football and ran cross-country for three years. But baseball is his passion.

“I couldn’t imagine life without (baseball),” he said. “I needed to come here to get to college. I didn’t want to give up the sport after high school.”

It’s worked out the way he planned, getting recruited by Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington, where he’ll be joined by Outlaws Varsity teammates Dylan Munroe and Makenzie Gross.

The Outlaws played at home on June 4, but their next 27 games were on the road until July 23. But that didn’t bother Seyfert. “We have an Xbox,” he said. “We talked about baseball, girls, everything … Anything you can think of, we probably talked about. And we took a lot of naps.”

How about living and cooking in the camper?

“It’s just me,” he said of his lodging venue. “I eat a lot of eggs. It’s real simple. I toss them in a skillet and that’s it.”

Between breakfast and dinner, he usually goes for fast food, like the $5 four-course meal at Dairy Queen.

“A lot of Dairy Queen,” he said. “It’s a life-saver.”

Those noon meals come during breaks from his summer job at Notbohm Motors, where he “cleans cars and anything they need me to do.”

Seyfert hit .338 (52-for-154) with five triples and seven doubles this year. He scored 55 runs in 56 games. As a pitcher, in 22 appearances (two starts) he threw 41 1/3 innings, striking out 56 and walking 24. His ERA was 4.06.

Seyfert considers himself a much-improved player since joining the team.

“Coach Mo just knows baseball and he wants us to play the game right,” Seyfert said. “I’m a way better player since I got here. My pitching velocity is up and I’m hitting the ball harder — just every aspect of the game.”

With a 31-26-2 record, the Outlaws were not the favorites in the tournament. No matter. They went 3-1-1 and finished second.

“It’s been fun and it really flew by,” Seyfert said. “As long as you’re playing baseball, it’s fun, whether it’s home or on the road.”

The decision to play in Miles City rather than at home in Glasgow was made easier by a humbling 2016 season.

“We got whipped up pretty good my junior year, but if I hadn’t come here I would have played for the (Glasgow) Reds again,” he said.

“Here it’s been all positives. I met all these new guys and they’re all like family. We have our scuffles, which happens when you have 13 guys together, but everything usually works itself out.”

Asked about his plans, say in five years, the only child of Eric and Jamie Seyfert didn’t hesitate.

“Hopefully, still playing baseball,” he said. “If that doesn’t work out, I’ll be in an auto shop or welding.”

He’ll be studying auto tech and pipe welding at Grays Harbor College. Meanwhile, he’ll always be thankful for the support of his parents.

“For sending me over here and helping me a lot with my bills,” he said, adding that he’d like to be able to repay them some day. “Hopefully, that would be nice.”

(Contact Abe Winter at starcity@midrivers.com or 406-234-045.)

 

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