Oscar Resendez Jr. has poured a lot into baseball and the work and sacrifice are paying dividends.

The former Alice Coyote outfielder and slugger was named Coastal Bend College’s Baseball MVP at the community college’s annual sports banquet Monday night in Beeville.

Resendez, who was named the team’s Defensive MVP a year ago, is among the team’s biggest hitters and most consistent outfielders this season and part of the season that the CBC Cougars are in still in contention to host a NJCAA Div. III regional tournament. Through 43 games this season, Resendez is carrying a .415 batting average. He had five home runs, 25 RBIs, 37 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. Defensively, he had one error this season and has a fielding percentage of .955.

The MVP award is the highest honor given by the baseball program. Still, Resendez is putting in perspective. He still has a lot of baseball left to play and that remains his focus right now.

“I’m just grateful to still be playing baseball,” Resendez said. “I have a lot of friend and people I know who have had to cut their athletic careers short. I feel lucky that I get to go out and play baseball every day and workout. You can’t ask for more than that.”

The Cougars are completing their best-of-series against conference rival Tyler Junior College this Friday and Saturday. The two teams met earlier this season with Tyler winning three of their four games. CBC must win two games on Friday and one on Saturday to win the series and host regionals. If the Cougars don’t win the series, they’ll have to win a play-in series to get to the tournament.

Resend also has more baseball to play beyond this season. He’s been offered a scholarship to play his junior and senior seasons at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. With the kind of season he had in 2016 and this year, Resendez has also caught the eyes of several big league scouts. The San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets organizations have all expressed some interest in the 22 year old. The Major League Baseball Drafts is in June.