Posted by Chris Megginson - Tue, Feb. 7, 2012 - [Baseball]
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- With a week remaining in the Campbellsville University Tiger baseball preseason, the CU coaching staff announces it has signed six recruits for the 2013 season.
The Tiger coaching staff says the athletic group of players can play multiple positions and fill the need of some run producers in the middle of the line up as well as adding top left-handed and right-handed pitchers.
The first six recruits for 2013 include five transfers and one high school senior - all from the Northwest: Tanner Scott, a former CU Tiger, will transfer from Centralia Community College in Centralia, Wash., Ansel Webster is senior catcher from Lakeridge High School in Portland, Ore., Michael Bush is a Seattle, Wash., native transfering from Lewis-Clark State in Idaho, Allen Hewey is a two-way player for Olympic Community College in Kitsap, Wash., Nate Dolman is a transfer from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, Ore., and Jacob Phillips is an infield from Pierce Community College in Tacoma, Wash.
"Overall we are very excited as to where we are right now within the recruiting process for next year. We have signed some very good individuals, who will help us continue the success of this program," said Brad Neffendorf, CU pitching coach. "It is our goal to find athletes who will help us maintain the spot that we traditionally have in this conference and in the nation. We believe these signees will help us continue that and help us get back to the NAIA World Series. We still have a lot of work to do but we are more than ahead of the game at this point in time."
Tanner Scott hit .250 for the Tigers as a freshman in 2011, making a few starts and playing both in the outfield and infield. This season, Scott will see time behind the plate at Centralia Community College as well as playing in the outfield and middle infield. Over the summer, he helped lead the Portland (Ore.) Baseball Club to the 19U Pacific Northwest Regional Championship and finished runner-up in the Babe Ruth World Series. He was named to the All-World Series offensive team while being named the MVP of the Pacific Northwest Regional and also MVP of the Curt Daniels Tournament. During his summer campaign with Portland, Tanner hit .435 in 155 at bats with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 15 doubles.
"We are extremely excited to have Tanner back. It will be an easy transition for him coming back into our program. He's an extremely hard worker and even more so a great person," said CU assistant coach Chris Lewis.
Ansel Webster is a senior catcher/infielder at Lakeridge High School, which has been an Oregon perennial powerhouse in the past. Webster attended Central Catholic High School in Portland from his freshman to junior seasons.During his junior year in 2011, he was an all-league catcher, helping Central Catholic to a runner-up finish in the Oregon Class 6A playoffs. He also placed fourth in the state for the 180-pound wrestling weight class in 5A. So far this wrestling season, Webster is ranked in the Top 2 for his weight class in the state of Oregon and has already defeated the No. 1 ranked wrestler within hisdivision.He has competed for Baseball Northwest, one of the biggest showcase services in the nation for high school players, where he was selected to the All-Oregon Metro Team three years in a row, as well to the Arizona Fall Classic Showcase. For the upcoming summer, Ansel has been selected to play for Portland Baseball Club.
"We believe that this is a great sign and fit for our program. Ansel is a tremendous kid, who comes from a very supportive family. His dad played collegiate baseball as well. Ansel is a no nonsense athlete. He works extremely hard, he's a competitor and we love the fact that he has had proven success on both the baseball field and on the wrestling mat, against great competition. Ansel has had great coaching in the past and will receive great coaching this year at Lakeridge from a young motivated staff that has all played at a high collegiate level," said Brad Neffendorf, CU pitching coach.
"I was able to watch Ansel at the Portland Baseball Club summer try-out this past August in Oregon, and he stood out to me right away. He is very athletic for a catcher, he moves well, projects some pop in his bat and he flat out competes. Not only will Ansel bring us athleticism and stability to this program, but he has a chance to come in and compete for a spot right away."
Michael Bush graduated from Eastside Catholic in 2009 and earned two varsity letters in baseball, playing center field as well as shortstop and second base. During his junior year, Bush was named First Team All-Metro as an outfielder and made the team as an infielder as a senior. He was also selected to the Seattle Times All-Area Team and All-State Team his senior year. The summer following his senior season, he hit 18 home runs for Taylor baseball. He played his first two seasons of college ball at Lewis-Clark State in Idaho. He also played summer ball for Cowlitz Black Bears in the West Coast Collegiate League. In addition to baseball, Bush played both running back and linebacker for three seasons with the Eastside Catholic football team. He holds the school record for most rushing yards in a season (1,336), most rushing yards in a game (296) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (14). Has the longest rush in school history at 96 yards and was a First Team All-Metro League selection as running back as a junior and senior. He ended his high school career with 2,700 yards rushing.
"First and foremost, Michael is a great young person, who has great perspective on life and brings some maturity that will strengthen our clubhouse. We signed him as a second baseman but he has the ability to play third as well as the outfield. Defensively, he is the dirt bag type of player that we want in our program. He is the type of kid that will get dirty during pregame batting practice. Offensively, he can really move the bat and we expect that his bat speed will allow him to make an impact in our lineup. His ability to run the bases will also be a great fit for what we do," said Coach Lewis.
Nate Dolman, a left-handed pitcher from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., was the No. 1 pitcher for CU pitching coach Brad Neffendorf from 2008-2010 atAloha High School. As a freshman at Mt.Hood, Doleman was a First Team All-Southern Region selection and was selected to participate in the NWAAC Sophomore Showcase.
"We love this sign and we are very fortunate that Nate was available to be our first recruit for the 2013 season. Nate provides us an arm from the left side that can eat up quality innings within any role.Mt.Hood used Nate in every role possible, and he had great success while helping them reach the quarterfinals of the NWAACC tournament two years in a row, including a Southern Region championship," said Neffendorf.
"Nate is tough, he loves to compete, he has a desire to win every time he steps on that mound and he commands the zone effectively. He will be a plus addition to our staff and most importantly, to this program."
Allen Hewey is a sophomore right-handed pitcher and infielder for Olympic Community College in Kitsap, Wash., which competes in a wood bat league. He was an All-Star selection to the NWAAC Sophomore Showcase. As a freshman, Hewey was an everyday player for Olympic, hitting in the middle of the order with a .320 AVG, four home runs and 25 RBIs. He was also a starting pitcher for Olympic, compiling 50 innings with a .270 ERA.
"Allen is a tremendous kid, who will fit right in with what we ask our athletes to believe in and demonstrate within our program. He's a very physical athlete, who will produce some pop to all areas of the field and provides a deceptive delivery from the mound, and commands four outstanding pitches which will only help strengthen our staff in 2013," Neffendorf said.
Jacob Phillips is a two-way star for Pierce Community College in Tacoma, Wash. where he started everyday in the field at third base, taking in the Gold Glove recognition for his division as well as a first team all-conference relief honor as a pitcher. Phillips was fourth in the NWAACC in saves with six, compiling a 2.50 ERA. He was also a threat on the bases, stealing 15-of-15 attempts. He played his high school baseball at Auburn Mountain-View and also played on some of the highest caliber clubs in the Northwest during the summers. This coming summer Phillips will compete in the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Collegiate Summer League.
"This is a huge sign for us. We have some big time arms to replace, and we know what Jacob can do. We expect him to be a guy in our rotation. He is a flat out competitor, loves to play and has an ability to command some plus pitches, which is a need for us to continue our tradition within this program," Neffendorf said. "Jacob comes from a strong program filled with other great players, so we know that will continue to push him to develop along with a very good coaching staff at Pierce. Not only will Jacob be a top arm for us, but he has the ability to keep us strong in the infield and add some great athleticism and speed on the bases. He fits right into what we like to do on offense and we are more than happy to have him in our program on both sides of the ball ... Jacob's family has been great throughout the process in supporting him and believing in what we can provide their son with, which is a key piece to the process."