CARSON CITY— Four Western Nevada College players have signed letters of intent to play next fall in top college baseball programs. In a ceremony at the college Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for NCAA Division I universities, four sophomores committed to play at the next level after their 2010 season with the Wildcats.
The four are all right-handed pitchers. David Carroll will play at University of Maryland. The 6’ 8” pitcher from Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas was Western’s number two starter last season. Carroll threw a complete game shutout in the 2009 JUCO World Series, and won three out of four starts in the post-season.
Kramer Champlin will play at Arizona State University. As a freshman, he was Region XVIII pitcher with eight wins, no losses and three saves in 12 appearances (during conference play). He hails from Olympia, Wash.
Riley Bevill will play at New Mexico State University. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Bevill is a transfer from University of Oregon.
Jeremy Gendlek will play at Utah Valley University. The former Olympia High School pitcher had an ERA of 3.38 in nine games last year.
Western Coach DJ Whittemore said that he expects several more players to sign in April during the spring signing period. Last year, all 11 sophomores on the team received scholarships to continue their education and baseball careers at the four-year level.
Three other WNC pitchers were offered scholarships during the early signing period but have chosen to wait for spring before signing: including – left-handed pitcher Jordan Lewis – WNC’s single season wins record holder, Jake Waardenburg and Jeff Barto.
“Western Nevada is very fortunate to have all these young men in our program,” Coach Whittemore said. “They have all worked very hard for this opportunity and are very deserving of the scholarships they are signing. Transferring to a D-1 program is every junior college player’s goal and these young men are living the dream.
Whittemore called it “a great start to this season” after having a program record nine players sign with D-1 schools last year. “As coaches, we are very proud to have helped play a small part in their success,” he said.