Pittsburg State shortstop Rhett Rigby is in the MIAA record books.

Pittsburg State shortstop Rhett Rigby is in the MIAA record books.
The former Oak Grove standout and member of the 2006 Examiner All-Area baseball team, hit four home runs March 22 in a 23-20 win over Truman State.
The four homers in a single game tie the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association record for most round trippers in a single contest.
The Gorillas (9-15) stroked nine homers in the game, but Rigby was the only player to hit more than one home run.
“It was all pretty amazing,” said Rigby, who hit two homers in the bottom of the third, one in the fifth and the record-tying blast in the seventh.
“I wasn’t thinking about hitting any of the homers. When I went to bat in the seventh, I just wanted to hit the ball hard.”
He said he was given the seventh-inning home run ball, and he has it on a dresser next to the most memorable home run of his career.
That came two years ago in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game, where his solo home run in the sixth inning provided Metropolitan Community College-Longview with the winning margin in a 5-4 victory over Kellogg (Mich.) Junior College.
“When I hit that homer in the national championship game, I don’t even remember running around the bases,” he said. “It was like I was in a daze. And that’s kind of what it was like when I hit my fourth homer against Truman State.
“The homer in the national championship game was much more important, but I’ll never forget hitting the four homers for Pitt State.”
Rigby is hitting .321 with a team-high six home runs and 16 RBIs for the Gorillas, who are off to a 6-4 start in the MIAA.
“They moved me to shortstop from the outfield, and that’s taken some getting used to,” he said. “But overall I’m having a great time. I really like the school and our coaches and my teammates – couldn’t be better.”
When asked if word of his four-homer game had made its way back to Oak Grove, Rigby said, “My brother, Trey (a senior at Oak Grove) said some of the coaches at the school were asking him about the four homers, so they know.
“The best thing about the four homers is that they all meant something. It’s not like we won the game 20-0. We needed every single run we could get.”