On Friday March 20, 2015 Head Baseball Coach Rob Willson earned his 500th college coaching victory as a head coach. Coach Willson credits all the outstanding assistant coaches he’s had over the years and all the great players he has been fortunate enough to have coached. Over 100 have played Division 1 baseball and over 25 have signed professional baseball contracts.
The 2016 Sierra College Wolverine baseball team will be the youngest team in school history. After losing 18 sophomores from the 2015 team the new look Wolverines will rely on youth to propel their success. With only five returning players from the 2015 squad, this season will be a huge question mark with 25 freshmen. Coach Willson doesn’t like to make predictions as no one can predict the future, but he feels confident the 2016 Sierra College Wolverines will be a very prepared team and will compete at a very intense level which will hopefully translate into wins this spring.
The pitching staff will be very young but experienced as the Wolverines obtained a few Division I bounce backs from Sacramento State University; Brad Bonnenfant (Sutter Union HS), Dylan Spezia (Woodcreek HS). Sophomore RHP Aaron Herr (Bella Vista HS) should make the move from bullpen to the starting rotation as his improvement this fall has been noticeable. Aaron is currently being recruited by CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge and many other D1 schools. Sophomore LHP Aidan Kearney will also vie for a starting role in 2016. The pitching staff will also be bolstered by a few red shirts from the 2015 Wolverine team which include LHP Josh Cooper (Woodcreek HS), LHP Kyle Downie (Roseville HS) and closer RHP Jacob Gomez (Lincoln HS). Gomez posted a very impressive 0.39 ERA in 2014 but sat out 2015. New comers on the mound include Tyler Gums (Placer HS), Matt Lawn the 2015 Northern Nevada high school pitcher of the year (Reno HS), RHP Taylor Koontz, (Folsom HS) LHP Nathan Barry (Galena HS) and RHP Jeffrey Kersten (Pinole Valley HS), Nick Schroedle (University HS Redding) and Trent Homan (Del Oro). Josh Savea (Rio Americano HS) and transfer from the University of Oregon will also contribute.
The infield appears to be solid led by shortstop Kasey Wallace (Pinole Valley HS) a verbal commit last fall to Cal Berkeley out of high school, Kasey actually signed a national letter of intent last spring to attend Cal State Northridge during his senior season but chose Sierra instead. Infielder and CSU transfer Isaiah Garcia (Lincoln HS) will bat in the middle of the Wolverine order and play all over the infield. 2B Jack Clothier (Incline Village HS) will also be counted on for his defense up the middle and his switch hitting ability. 3B Michael Woodworth (Alameda HS) and Froy Smith (Castle HS, Hi) will compete for playing time at the hot corner. The biggest question mark in 2016 will be at the catching position. There are four players who will vie for playing time behind the plate. Will Hammond (Valley Christian HS), Jake Sola (Lincoln HS), Jake Noah (Del Oro) and Matt Richardson (Rio Americano).
The outfield appears to also be solid led by 2014 2nd team All Big 8 performer JR Robinson (Whitney HS) and sophomore Austin Blatnick (Woodcreek HS). Also playing the corner outfield spots will be returnee Sam Curtis (Rocklin HS) and international student Shotoro Yano from Japan. Centerfielder Cedric Johnson (Granite Bay HS) will also compete for playing time. The 1B position will be competition between two freshman and both very capable options, Andy Calingaert (Damonte Ranch HS) and Josh Savea (Rio Americano).
The Wolverines look to return to the state playoffs for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons. We hope to see all our fans out at our games this spring 2016.
Bryce Reichmann and Kyle Lewis members of the 2014 & 2015 Sierra College baseball team played against each other on March 6, 2016 at the Arizona Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Arizona. Reichmann pitched 3 scoreless innings for St. Mary's College against the University of Arizona.
2015 saw the Wolverines get 3 players nominated to the Big 8 All Conference teams. Kyle Dixon earned 1st team honors hitting .380 in conference to go along with a team high 7 doubles. Kyle Lewis and Tyler Milani each earned 2nd team honors. Lewis hit .288 and led the team with 14 RBI. Milani posted a 1.29 ERA in 28 innings of work.
Kyle Lewis (left) has committed to play baseball at the University of Arizona. Kyle was a 2nd team all Big 8 player this year for the Wolverines.
Bryce Reichmann (right) has earned a scholarship and signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Bryce posted a 3.46 ERA in 67.2 innings for the Wolverines in 2015
2014 Sierra College players Dustin Vaught (Bella Vista High School) and Dalton Blaser (Roseville High School) earned scholarships to 4-time national champion Cal State Fullerton. While at Sierra, Blaser was named as the Big 8 MVP leading Sierra in almost every offensive category. Vaught was a solid team leader who hit .344 and only struck out 4 times in 2014. Vaught and Blaser had the good fortune to play in the 2015 NCAA College World Series
Another former Sierra College pitching standout, Eric Nedeljkovic (Folsom High School), who led the University of Miami in saves in 2013, was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 21st round that June.
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