BASEBALL SIGNS SIX TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT

BASEBALL SIGNS SIX TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State baseball program has signed six high school seniors to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period for the 2018-19 academic year, head coach Reggie Christiansen announced Thursday.  

"We will continue to utilize our contacts to attract the very best players to our program," said Christiansen of the new class. "Our goal is to advance deep into the NCAA Tournament each and every year, and in order to do so we must recruit PAC 12 caliber players."

The group contains three pitchers and three position players. Three of the six signees are from Canada, a country that has become something of a recruiting connection for Christiansen and his staff in recent years.

In addition to this class's trio, the Hornets roster currently includes six players from Canada, including last year's everyday third baseman Steven Moretto (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and the team's closer, Tanner Dalton (Lethbridge, Alberta).

Of the remaining three signees, two are from California while the sixth joins the program from Arizona.

Regardless of where they come from, these six signees will join a program in 2019 that is looking for its eighth straight 30+-win season in 2018. With 35 wins in last year's campaign, the Hornets became just one of two Div. I programs in California with at least seven straight 30-win seasons (Cal State Fullerton). During that stretch, Coach Christiansen and the Hornets are the 6th winningest Div. I team in California, ahead of larger-name institutions such as Long Beach, Cal, San Diego, and others.

"Signing day is always an exciting day and I want to thank Jake and Tim for their efforts in putting together what looks like on paper to be a solid class," added Christiansen. "We all know this is just the beginning, we are excited to get these kids on campus next fall and see them develop into great teammates on the field and leaders on our campus."

 

MEET THE SIGNESS

Carter Morris - RHP - 6-1 - 170 - Seaton Secondary - Vernon, British Columbia, CA

Pitched for Canada's Junior National Team's (U-18) Fall Instructional League this past September-October...Was one of 33 players invited by Baseball Canada to the Junior National Team's (U-18) annual Spring Training Camp this past spring in St. Petersburg, Florida...Pitched for Team British Columbia at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, a 2-1 win over Saskatchewan...Was one of 160 Canadian baseball prospects to attend the Toronto Blue Jays Academy in late 2017...Plays for the Okanagan Athletics and is coached by Evan Bailey.

Pitching Coach Jake Angier on Carter Morris: "Carter is a great addition to our program; he has a competitive demeanor on the mound with an athletic delivery and quick arm. He brings good experience having pitched in a lot of big innings over the last couple summers."

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Jorge Bojorquez - INF - 6-0 - 195 - Nogales HS - Rio Rico, Ariz.

Plays for head coach OJ Favela at Nogales HS in Nogales, Ariz...Bojorquez enters his senior season at Nogales High School in Nogales, Ariz. with a career .422 batting average in 65 games...Owns a career slash line of .422/.511/.641 during that stretch...Was ranked 32nd in Prep Baseball Report's Arizona Class of 2019...Was part of Nogales High School's back-to-back 4A state championship seasons in 2017 and 2018...Following the 2018 season, was named to the Kino Region second team after hitting .393 with a team-high 17 doubles...Played for both the AABC Arizona Firebirds 18U and the Nogales Tribe (Wilson Premier Baseball). 

Coach Tim Wheeler on Jorge Bojorquez: "Jorge is a charismatic player from a strong family. He is a proven winner that does everything well. His ability to play defense at a high level is what first caught our attention, but Bojo has a strong grasp of his own game offensively with the tools to move an offense. We believe Jorge's maturity on and off the field make will make him a player to build around, and can't wait to see what he brings to table in 2019."

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Hunter Dorraugh - INF - 6-0 - 160 - Vacaville HS - Vacaville, Calif.

Plays for head coach Stu Clary at Vacaville HS in Vacaville, Calif...Dorraugh enters his senior season at Vacaville HS a career .368 varsity hitter with a career .427 OBP...Stole 18 bases in 19 attempts as a junior...Scored the winning run for Vacaville HS in the Sac-Joaquin Section championship against Davis HS...Was a part of Vacaville HS's record 25-win season this past year...As a sophomore, played in 25 games for JV while hitting .354 with 25 stolen bases in 26 attempts.

Coach Tim Wheeler on Hunter Dorraugh: "Hunter is a tremendous athlete that has the skillset to play almost anywhere on the diamond. He has the ability to ignite an offense with his speed and has shown enough power to stretch the field. Add in his versatility on defense and he becomes a natural fit for our club. Hunter plays with a passion that jumped out to our staff when we watched him in high school and will immediately make his college teammates around him better players."

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Joseph La Fountain - OF - 6-0 190 - Bonita HS - La Verne, Calif.

Plays for head coach Ryan Marcos at Bonita HS in La Verne, Calif...Three year varsity player, appearing in 39 total games in his first three years...A career .245/.273/.330 hitter in three seasons...Has committed just three errors for Bonita HS...Is ranked as a 7.5 by Perfect Game, a "College prospect, possible future draft pick with development."

Coach Tim Wheeler on Joe La Fountain: "Joe is a balanced hitter that flashed power to all fields during the recruiting process. He has a knack for barrel against both left- and right-handed pitchers. Joe projects to be a solid defender most likely making an impact at a corner outfield position for us. Joe's makeup and dedication on and off the field make him a candidate to lead between the lines, in the weight room, and in the classroom."

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Elias Saul - RHP/IF - 6-5 - 205 - Prince of Wales Secondary - Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Is the top ranked player in British Columbia's Class of 2019, according to Prep Baseball Report...Pitched for Canada's Junior National Team's (U-18) Fall Instructional League this past September-October...Played for the UBC Thunder of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League in 2017, starting nine games on the mound...Went 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA over 44.1 innings...Pitched at Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA this past summer for the Kansas City Royals Team. Recently pitched for British Columbia at the Rogers Centre in the Toronto Blue Jays Academy in September.

Pitching Coach Jake Angier on Elias Saul: "Eli is a great addition to our program; he brings a good fastball and lot of good experience having pitched for the junior national team and at the area code games. He has a great frame to come in and really develop."

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Ryan Scott - RHP - 6-2 - 190 - Langley HS - Saint John, New Brunswick, CA

Plays for head coach Jamie Bodaly on the Langley Blaze of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League...Is the third ranked player in British Columbia's Class of 2019, according to Prep Baseball Report...During the 2018 season, pitched in 13 games with six starts...Pitched to a 6-2 record with a 1.52 ERA over 46 innings of work...Is a member of the British Columbia Canadian National Junior Team...Also plays for Team New Brunswick basketball team.

Pitching Coach Jake Angier on Ryan Scott: "Ryan is a great fit for our program, he has a good three pitch mix and brings a lot of maturity to our pitching staff having already moved across the country while in high school to play baseball in Langley."

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