Riders senior pitcher Wyatt Estabrook has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Western Nebraska CC in Scottsbluff, NE. Western Nebraska CC is a Division 1 Junior College and competes in the NJCAA Region IX District. They last won the Region IX District in 2007.Their head coach Mike Jones has been the only coach in the program's history since it started in 2002. Estabrook is the 29th Roughrider to sign to play collegiately since 2006.
Coach Jones on Estabrook: "We're really excited to add Wyatt to our pitching staff for next year. He is a solid left handed pitcher with good command and movement. He showed a competitive attitude during the state tournament over the summer so we look forward to working with him as a college pitcher. We expect Wyatt to come in as a freshman and pitch right away. We know he comes from a good program and has been playing good competition so we are confident he will continue to improve during his final summer season."
Last season Estabrook led the Riders pitching staff in wins with 7 and had 100 strikeouts, which was second in the Riders all-time single season record book. In his sophomore year (2012), he went 10-3 also leading the team in wins. At the end of his career this summer, Estabrook will rank near or at the top of almost all the Riders all-time career pitching records.
Coach Perleberg on Estabrook: "Wyatt has been such a dedicated player and person to our program. Very seldom, do you get a kid that buys into the program and what we do the way that Wyatt has. It's been a privilege working 1-on-1 as much as I have with Wyatt over the years. Its been a very rewarding experience for me personally. He has had a great career here and will have another great year this year, but honestly I think the future is even brighter for him. He has a great body for pitching and a solid work ethic. We have had very few players go Division 1 out of high school, so this obviously a great accomplishment for both him and our program. I expect him to do great things at the next level and beyond."
Estabrook currently has a 3.8 cum GPA at Campbell County High School in Gillette and will graduate this May. He is the son of John and Melody Estabrook of Gillette.
Riders senior infielder Zach Donahoo has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Williston State CC in Williston, ND. Williston State is a Division 2 Junior College. Williston State Baseball in 3 years under Coach Shawn Cote has 80 wins including a school record 32-21 mark in 2012 and finished the season ranked #15 in the country which was the first time in program history that they have cracked the top 20. They have won the Region XIII title 2 out of 3 years and was North plains district runner-up in 2011-2012.
Coach Cote on Donahoo: “We are very excited to add Zach to our program. Zach emulates everything our program is about, relentless, hard work, dedication, loyalty. Our program has been successful in the past because we get kids like Zach that refuse to give up and are relentless in their preparation. Zach is a tremendous athlete that I think will continue to grow in our program. The tremendous coaching he has received from Coach Perleberg and his staff and the success of the legion program in Gillette will help him be prepared for the next level.”
Last season Donahoo hit .220 in 60 games as the Riders everyday starting shortstop. He also scored 28 runs, had 21 RBI, and 15 stolen bases. He is also one the top relief pitchers for the Riders and won 3 games last year, including 2 saves.
Coach Perleberg on Donahoo: "Zach has been such a great story coming up through our progam," said Riders coach Nate Perleberg. "I have never seen a young man have to overcome so much off the field. He has been faced with many trials off the field, but has used them to become such a strong young man with great character. On the field, Zach has probably been as improved of a player that we've ever had. He has literally made himself into a college caliber player through his work ethic. He's a solid defensive player and has really worked hard this winter on his swing. He is a great competitor and never backs down from a challenge. He will be a great addition to the Teton program, because of the desire and dedication that he brings on a daily basis."
Donahoo currently has a 4.0 GPA at Westwood High School and will graduate in March. He is the son of Jerry and Jennifer Donahoo of Gilette.Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:26
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