June 16, 2006
Ten Recruits Sign to Play Baseball in 2006
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State baseball team and head coach Darin Loe have announced the signing of five junior-college players to a NCAA National Letter of Intent and five student-athletes who have committed to attend Northwest beginning in the fall of 2005 season. All 10 athletes will be eligible to begin play during the 2006 season.
The Bearcats received a NCAA National Letter of Intent from utility player Tad Hammett (Bisbee, Arizona), pitchers Ryne Jackson (Baldwin City, Kansas) and Tyler Lipscomb (Carthage, Missouri), catcher Dylan Malone (Omaha, Nebraska) and third baseman Michael John Younghanz (Oak Park, Missouri). All five athletes will have junior eligibility in 2006.
Hammet was a four-time First Team All-Region and two-time First Team All-State selection at Bisbee High School. He was also a three-year member of National Honor Society in high school.
"He (Hammet) is a junior-college outfielder and we look to get his bat in the lineup." Loe said. "He is a guy that will get on the mound and log quality innings."
In 2003, Jackson was named Baldwin City High School Pitcher of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Area Pitcher. In Lipscomb's final two years at Carthage High School, he was named all-conference.
"Jackson can either come out of the bullpen or be in the starting rotation." Loe said. "Lipscomb is a proven pitcher out of junior-college and we expect him to contend for one of our top spots in the pitching rotation."
Malone was a two-year starter behind the plate at Southwestern Iowa Community College along with being named to the 2003 Strike Zone Elite Team after graduating from Benson High School. Younghanz, who was a member of the East/West All-Star game in the Ban Johnson League, was also named league MVP and the winner of the Triple Crown in Kansas City. While a member of the Oak Park High School baseball team, Younghanz was named to the Second Team All-Conference twice.
"Malone brings experience to us," said Loe. "He has a great arm and is a strong offensive player and we look for him to split time with our returning catcher. Younghanz has proven to be one of the top hitters in the Kansas City area."
The five players who have committed to play for Northwest in the spring of 2006 are freshmen outfielder/pitcher Matt Blair (Lee's Summit, Missouri), utility player Nick Pfeiffer (Winigan, Missouri), catcher Joe Schroder (Washington, Missouri), outfield/ pitcher Ryan Seefus (Kennard, Nebraska) and pitcher/first base Ben Stedronsky (Lincoln, Nebraska). Schroder also signed to play football for Northwest this fall as a kicker. Pfeiffer's father David played for the Bearcat baseball team from 1976-1979 and was in the Baltimore Orioles organization for two seasons.
As a senior at Lee's Summit High School, Blair was named all-conference outfielder and led Lee's Summit in hitting, RBIs and extra-base hits. Seefus was on the Nebraska Class B State Championship team in 2002 at Blair High School and he was selected to play on the Nebraska Sluggers Elite Summer Team in 2005. During Stedronsky's senior year at Lincoln Southwest High School, he was fifteenth in the state of Nebraska with a 1.74 ERA.
"Blair is a left-handed pitcher, but we look to get him time in the outfield," Loe said. "Seefus will get playing time in the outfield and on the mound, he will keep us strong in the future. Stedronsky will look to get time in the outfield as well and is a quality left handed pitcher."
Pfeiffer, who was on the all-conference team four-times and a three-time member of the all-district team, was also the conference MVP as a member of Green City High School. Schroder is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School. He was on the all-district team during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and hit .356, three home runs, with 27 RBIs and nine doubles last spring.
"He (Pfeiffer) will be a solid outfielder for us and Schroder is a great freshman catcher out of a successful high school baseball program." Loe said.
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