By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – Seth Alcozer is a part of this year's special Belton Tigers baseball team. The expectations won't drop next year at Temple College.

Alcozer, who plays both infield and outfield for Belton, signed his letter of intent to stay close to home and play for the neighboring Leopards.

"They're one of the most respected across the state of Texas and across the nation," Alcozer said of the Leopards, who went 44-16 in 2009, snapped Howard College's 57-game winning streak in the NJCAA Region V tournament and was one win shy of making the JUCO World Series last season.

"Not to knock any other program, but I believe that having a school of that caliber in my back yard, basically, was a great fit for me and I think from there, it'll catapult me to a great D-I school, possibly even get drafted. I know I can go over there and get a lot better and I'm looking forward to it."

The senior, who had a .432 on-base percentage

last year to go along with a pair of home runs and had a 97 percent fielding average, is the fourth player to sign a college letter of intent so far this season for the Tigers, who finished 23-9 overall last season after a regional quarterfinal loss. Shane Hoelscher (Rice), Dillon Newman (Baylor) and John Beck (University of Texas-Arlington) signed Division I letters in November.

"He brings a presence at the plate. He brings untapped talent," Belton coach Eddie Cornblum said of Alcozer. "He's got some tools that you look at him and go 'when it clicks, it's going to be something special.'"

Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562.

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