'Riffe' with opportunity, PTHS star picks Racers
According to the junior middle infielder for the Tornado, Riffe has been a target of head coach Kevin Moulder and the Racers since his eighth grade year.
Most recently, Riffe has been to a couple of Racer camps and played travel ball in the area under his summer coach, Tremayne Donald.
After receiving an offer from the Racers this past spring, Riffe noted it just all came together.
"I liked how nice all the coaches were," he added. "It just felt like the right fit."
Riffe said he had been paying attention to the Racers' turnaround under Moulder, as MSU returned to the OVC Tournament this past season for the first time in seven years.
But he also noted that he liked how Moulder and his staff had been paying attention to regional talent, as evidenced by the recent commitment of Caldwell County's Shane Burns while a host of local players (Paducah's Davis Sims and Cole Womack, Princeton's Luke Brown, Hopkinsville's Chance Carner and Bryan Chilton) are already on the team.
With his verbal commitment out of the way, Riffe now has two years left of high school and a laundry list of things he wants to see changed.
For starters, he's looking to add some muscle to his 5-foot-10, 150-pound frame, and plans to get in the weight room soon to improve.
But more importantly, Riffe and the Blue Tornado will be spending much of this offseason improving from a mental standpoint. And perhaps for good reason.
"In the regional tournament, we've been dumped in the first round the last three years," he said. "We haven't really done much. We've been working a lot harder than normal in order to make it to that regional championship and get our first state appearance."
In 31 recorded games last season, Riffe hit .324 with a .413 on-base percentage, eight doubles, two triples, 28 RBIs and a team-high 35 runs.
"I feel like I'll be consistent defensively for the Racers," Riffe said. "I'll just have to stay consistent."