MUENSTER — Muenster’s Logan Hofmann loves the challenge of being a pitcher.
“Just going on the mound and throwing your best stuff to the hitter with an attitude of: ‘Here it is, try and hit it,’” Hofmann said from Colby, Kansas, where he is on a baseball scholarship at Colby Community College. “There are many aspects that make up a pitcher’s game – whether you may be a ground ball or fly ball pitcher or a strikeout guy.
“For the most part I would consider myself a strikeout pitcher and my goal every time a guy comes to hit is to strike him out or get some type of weak contact.”
After being an All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference First Team selection in 2018, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hofmann has continued to excel in his second season.
“He impresses me with his attention to detail,” Trojans head coach Ryan Carter said. “He prepares everyday and continues to improve. It is really fun to have a front seat and watch him continue to find ways to be better than he was. He is really learning how to pitch
Carter noted that Hofmann has worked hard to improve his strength since his freshman season and has used his experience from last season to become the ace of the staff this season, sporting a 5-3 record in 10 starts with a 1.99 earned run average with 83 strikeouts in 58.2 innings.
“The ability for Logan to throw any pitch in any count really makes him hard to hit,” Carter said of Hofmann’s pitching repertoire that features a fastball, changeup, slider, and curveball. “Another thing that makes him such a great pitcher is his durability.”
Hofmann has also had success in the classroom. He was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Third Team last season and this past fall he earned a spot on the Vice President’s Honour Roll. This spring he will earn two associate degree: an Associate of Arts-General Studies and an Associate of Science-Business-Administration/Accounting. Hofmann has greatly enjoyed life in Kansas.
“Colby is a small town of about 5,000 people, so it was not that much of a jump from where I grew up and my surroundings,” he said. “I tell people all the time, driving around in Kansas is pretty much like driving around in Saskatchewan. Colby is a very calm place to be and there usually is not much going on here so the only things to do is play baseball, do homework, and workout.”
Hofmann said the two seasons he has spent at CCC, which boasts UFC fighters Daniel Cormier and C.B. Dalloway as alumni, have been the best two years of his life.
“It has been awesome playing here and I have grown so much not only as a player, but as a person as well,” he said. “I loved being around the team all the time. We are always with each other; in the dorms, practice, class, or eating every meal at the cafeteria together at our big ‘baseball table.’
“The culture here is different than a lot of places. It is an easy-going place and we joke around with each other, but we also know when we must take things serious as well. Everyone just gets what is going on and knows right from wrong.”
After developing his game at Colby Community College, a two-year institution, Hofmann has earned the opportunity to play next season at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The school competes in NCAA Division I, the highest level for United States universities. Hofmann visited campus last fall, loved it from the moment he stepped on it, and committed to play there.
“I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue my baseball career while getting a good education,” he said. “It will definitely be an eye opener for me as I have been in Kansas for the past two years and it will be a big change in every aspect from the size of the school and city, the weather, and the different culture. When I step foot on campus this fall it will also be tough because I will know absolutely no one there other than the baseball coaches who I met this fall.”
Northwestern State University is the next step in Hofmann’s baseball journey – which has included such teams as Muenster squads coached by his father Chad, various Team Saskatchewan, and the Western Major Baseball League’s Moose Jaw Miller Express. The son of Tara and Chad Hofmann credits the support of his family for his success so far.
“They have always supported me growing up in every sport I played,” he said. “They have spent countless hours driving me to different events and tournaments growing up and I am very thankful for that. When I finally realized I could actually go to college for baseball, I quit hockey in what would have been my final year. They have supported every decision I have made in my career thus far and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done.”