Arizona twin brothers strengthen their bond with baseball Special

Posted Mar 22, 2014 by Kim Hartman
Scott Kingery knows that turning double plays in the field can increase the connection between teammates, especially when the player you are flipping them with is your twin brother.
Arizona center fielder Scott Kingery is batting .425 with 14 RBIs  26 runs and 11 stolen bases this ...
Arizona center fielder Scott Kingery is batting .425 with 14 RBIs, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases this season for the Wildcats.
Kingery and his identical twin Sam played infield together on the baseball team at Mountain Pointe High School, located in Phoenix, Ari.
Scott, who currently mans centerfield for Arizona, loved turning two with his identical sibling on defense.
“Back in the day, I was a shortstop and he was a second baseman, so we had that chemistry out there,” Scott said. “We were always working the double plays. He was a really good defensive second baseman. It was always fun having him out there, making the great plays with me.”
The Kingery twins now live together and attend the same school. Sam went to Northern Arizona University during his first year of college, and then he transferred to Arizona for his sophomore year.
“It’s good having [Sam] down here at school with me,” Scott said. “I like having him here, so we can be together.”
Unlike Scott, however, Sam’s baseball career hasn’t surpassed high school. He didn’t play for NAU as a freshman, and the right-hander tried out for the Wildcats as a walk-on but didn’t make the team this season.
So Scott and Sam aren’t teammates anymore, like they were in high school, but the Kingery twins still bond through playing the sport as a fun activity together.
“We still mess around and throw the ball around with each other,” Scott said. “We still have a good time playing baseball together.”
New experiences for Kingery in college
Now a couple years removed from slinging double plays with his brother for the MPHS Pride, Scott moved from being a high school infielder to a college outfielder for Arizona last season.
“It was somewhat of an adjustment for me,” Scott said. “Switching to the outfield gave me more room to use my speed. But seeing the ball off the bat from right handers is really different in centerfield than at short(stop).”
Scott, now in his second season with Arizona, thinks having strong defenders to back him up in the outfield has helped him adjust to his new position.
“It definitely makes a difference having good outfielders on both sides of me,” Scott said. “It gives me more confidence knowing that if I lay out and miss the ball, I have a guy back there who has a good arm, can back me up and get the ball back into the infield as quickly as possible.”
On the other side of the ball, Scott is batting .425 with 14 RBIs, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases. These are improved numbers from his freshman year, when he batted .261 with 18 RBIs in 30 games started as a freshman. Scott attributed some his enhanced offensive performance this season to his new spot in the lineup as Arizona’s leadoff man.
“Batting leadoff really gives me a chance to spark the team and get something going,” Scott said. “Whether it’s with a walk, bunt hit or regular hit, I like to try to find a way to get on base and let the guys (behind me) work. It feels really good.”
Scott and the Wildcats continue their road trip against Washington on Saturday in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies took the first game on Friday, 8-7. Arizona will look to even the three-game series at a game a piece, with gametime scheduled for 2 p.m. at the newly renovated Husky Ballpark.