Another former Sierra College pitching standout, Eric Nedeljkovic, who led the University of Miami in saves this year, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. He began his pro career this past summer.
Many former Sierra College players are now playing in the pros. Here's a graphic with them listed.
In 2013 the Sierra College Wolverines baseball team achieved many great accomplishments under Interim Head Coach Ryan Evangelho. Evangelho stepped in for one year while Rob Willson went on a one year sabbatical. They finished the season with a 33-9 overall record; while being Co-Champions of the Big 8 Conference for the first time since 1979 tying Santa Rosa Junior College with a 19-5 league record. Highly impressive for being in one of the toughest conferences in the country.
In 2013 the baseball team was 8-0 in ball games decided by one run; they compiled four walk-off wins in 2013 as well. However, the 2013 Wolverines baseball team did not stop there. In the 2013 regional playoffs #2 seed Sierra College faced #15 seed College of Sequoias. Sierra won the first two games in the best of three series and outscored their opponents 23 to 3 in those two wins.
Next Sierra hosted its first ever Super Regional, which goes to the top four seeds in California. Sierra hosted Cabrillo College in the first game of this double elimination four team tournament. Sierra brought out their ace in game one, Andrew Cooper (Washington Nationals 12th Rounder), 13-1 on the season, and were upset by a very good Cabrillo team. This put Sierra one game from ending their season.
In Game 2 of the series Sierra faced Central Valley powerhouse Fresno City College in a winner moves on, loser goes home game at 10 a.m. at Sac City, the tournament's neutral site. Sophomore transfer from Oregon State Matt Fielding's (UC Irvine) lead was great on the mound while red shirt freshman outfielder Sean Sundberg (Granite Bay High) led the offense with a bases clearing triple down the right field line propelling the Wolverines to a 4-1 victory sending them back to Sierra the same day to face the loser of Feather River and Cabrillo.
At 3 p.m., almost two hours after leaving Sierra, Sierra had to play another season threatening ball game. Sierra’s Interim Skipper Ryan Evangelho sent game 3 starter freshman Ryan Gearing (Oakmont) to the mound. However Gearing did not have his best stuff and was out after one inning. Sierra then sent reliever Tanner McVey (Rocklin High) to the mound. Tanner was lights out going 8 1/3 innings of scoreless work. Sierra won the game 3-1 and moved on to Championship Sunday vs. Feather River College. FRC had to be beaten twice. Sierra failed to beat them in game one, coming up just short of their 4th Final Four in ten years.
Sierra's sophomore standouts in 2013 were Big 8 Player of the Year/All –American Infielder Nick Blaser (Cal State Northridge), 1st Team All-Conference/All-American Catcher Blake Grant-Parks (CSU Monterey Bay), Big 8 Pitcher of the Year/All-American Andrew Cooper (Washington Nationals), 1st Team Big 8 Conference Outfielder Jared Snow (CSU Monterey Bay), 1st Team Big 8 Conference Short Stop Jake Riffice (Iowa University), and 2nd Team Big 8 Conference Pitcher Matt Fielding (UC Irvine). Sierra was also led by freshman Outfielder/1B Dalton Blaser, Infielder Dustin Vaught, and Pitchers Tanner McVey, Devon Golden, and Kea Vierra.
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