Polk State’s Hankamer has played in both JUCO and Little League World Series

Polk State's Hankamer has played in both JUCO and Little League World Series

Polk State (Fla.) College’s Colt Hankamer grew up playing baseball in Saudi Arabia, even qualifying for the 2004 Little League World Series.

Colt Hankamer came to the United States for an opportunity such as the one he’s experiencing now, playing in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

The Polk State (Fla.) College sophomore was born and raised in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, to American parents. His dad works for Aramco Oil Company.

“I was excited we won state and got an opportunity to experience this,” Hankamer said after the Eagles were eliminated Tuesday by Shelton State (Ala.) Community College.

He grew up playing Little League baseball in Saudi Arabia. His Arabian American all-star team qualified for the 2004 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. They went 1-2.

“It is similar to this with the atmosphere and the fans,” Hankamer said. “It was a good experience for sure. This is a bigger stage.”

After he became too old to play Little League, the opportunities to play sports dwindled. That’s when his parents sent him to boarding school in Austin, Texas, so Hankamer could have an opportunity to continue playing baseball and get an American college education.

“Little League is very big over there,” he said. “Past Little League, it sort of goes downhill.”

Saudi Arabia doesn’t have scholastic sports.

Hankamer’s parents still reside and work in Saudi Arabia. His younger sister recently graduated from boarding school.

Hankamer said he plans to continue his college education and hopes to play baseball. He’s looking at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Fla.


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