Josh Kutzke is a native of Kenneiwck, Washing and attended Kennewick High School where he was a three-sport athlete, having played baseball, basketball and football.
His senior year he earned 1st Team All-Conference (QB) honors in football, 2nd Team All-Conference in baseball, and was an NBC Academic All-Star. That year for baseball, Kutzke finished the season with a .375 batting average, five homeruns, nine doubles and 24 runs scored.
Kutzke played his first two seasons of collegiate baseball at Walla Walla Community College. He posted some terrific offensive numbers while playing for WWCC, finishing his two-year stint with a .279 batting average, six homeruns, 27 doubles, 60 walks, 57 RBI, and led his team in nearly every offensive category his sophomore year in 2017. He said the coaches at WWCC were outstanding and that he has fond memories playing for the Warriors.
“I loved it there,” Kutzke said. “If CC was a four-year school, I would have stayed there, definitely. It’s a place I’ll never forget and will always be close to me.”
Now attending South Dakota State University, Kutzke got off to a strong start academically finishing his first semester with a 4.0 GPA. He is studying graphic design at SDSU and plans to become a graphic designer for a large company or a company of his own.
In his early time with the baseball program at SDSU, Kutzke said he has been really impressed with the coaching staff and the school's facilities.
"I love it down here so far," he said. "Our facilities are super nice, campus is pretty big, definitely bigger than I'm used to, and the coaches have been awesome."
Growing up in a neighboring town to Walla Walla, Kutzke has grown familiar with the Sweets over the years and has attended several games at Borleske. He said the fan support is what makes the atmosphere in the stadium so unique.
"It's how the fans support the team so well and show up to all the games and make it an electric home environment," Kutzke said. "All the people of Walla Walla show love to the team, and that's what I like about it the most, the support from the community."
Kutzke also noted that he can't wait to play in front of the great fans of Walla Walla and continue to develop his game over the summer by playing against high caliber talent night in and night out. He is the son of Tiffany and Josh Kutzke and has a brother, Dion, who is playing football for Savannah State in Georgia.