Three former NIACC Trojans to play in World Baseball Classic

(ABC 6 News) – Three former North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Trojans baseball players will play in the World Baseball Classic which will begin in early March.

Former NIACC pitcher Ryan Huntington will play for the Netherlands. Infielder Robbie Glendinning and pitcher Mitch Neunborn will play for Australia. 

Huntington, a left-handed pitcher from Aruba, was with the Trojans from 2015-17. After NIACC, he played pro baseball in the Netherlands.

“Well, honestly, this is a opportunity that not many people get to experience,” Huntington said, “so for sure this means the world to me. “You get a chance to represent your country on one of the biggest stage of baseball. This is a dream of every baseball player, I would believe. It was definitely one of mine.”

Huntington said that the Netherlands’ roster is made up of players from the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.

Glendinning, who is in the Kansas City Royals’ organization, helped lead NIACC to the NJCAA Division II World Series in 2015 and 2016.

Neunborn, a right-handed pitcher, played for the Trojans in 2017.

Pool play for the World Baseball Classic is set for March 7-15.

The Netherlands will open the tournament vs. Cuba on March 7 in Taichung, Chinese Taipei. Australia will open vs. South Korea on March 8 in Tokyo, Japan. Both will be televised on FS1.

The World Baseball Class Championship game is scheduled for March 21.