Friday's home opener had special significance for St Pete College as former baseball standout Dustin Harris was honored before the game. Harris was honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association as a first team All-American selection for the 2019 season- joining Tim Tuefel and Bobby Wilson as the only members selected for this honor in the program's 67 year history.
It comes as no surprise why Harris, who was later drafted in the 11th round to the Oakland Athletics, was selected as an All American. In the 2019 campaign alone Harris recorded 81 total hits with an otherworldly .406 batting average all while committing only 8 errors all season at third base. By the end of the season Harris was alone atop NJCAA Division 1 with 40 extra base hits. These numbers in addition to his freshman campaign lands him as the program leader in both doubles and extra base hits and ranking second all time with 156 total hits in just two seasons.
Head Coach Ryan Beckman lauds about the personal growth Harris exhibited in the program "During his time at SPC I watched a passive, shy young man turn himself into a confident, athletic gentlemen. Yes, he is a good ball player. But he is an amazing person!", later adding "He will be successful at anything he chooses to do in this world. His work ethic is some of the best I have seen in my career as a coach."
Dustin Harris graduated with a 3.3 GPA and his AA at the end of the 2019 school year and now looks to continue his success in professional baseball. One thing is certain however, Dustin Harris has cemented himself as one of the most successful student athletes in St Petersburg College Athletics history.