Glendora High School baseball standout Hayden Pearce has committed to NCAA Division II Cal State San Bernardino.
Pearce, a pitcher, liked the direction the Coyotes program is headed under David Martinez, who is entering his second year.
“He’s a pitching guy so he can connect with us on a whole different level,” Pearce said. “I feel like I can go there and have an impact right away.”
Pearce was also considering some Division I schools – Nevada-Reno, Utah Valley and Lone Beach State as well Division II schools Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona.
He plans to major in kinesiolgy and business administration.
“They’re building a new campus on stadium that should be ready by the time I get there and it will be fun to be part of the first team to play there.” he said.
The Coyotes were 22-29 overall and 17-20 in CCAA play a year ago. But that was a huge improvement over the 10-39 (8-32) of the previous year.
Right-hander William Ouellette earned his shot at playing professional baseball this spring with a solid effort as Cal State San Bernardino’s closer.
It paid off as he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent. He has reported to the Blue Jays’ Gulf Coast League affiliate based in Dunedin, Fla.
Ouellette was 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings and 14 games for the Coyotes, who reached the CCAA Tournament for the first time in four seasons this spring. He had six saves, finishing fifth in the CCAA in that category,
Ouellette, a product of Corona Centennial who also attended Citrus College, earned All-CCAA and All-West Region honors at shortstop for the Coyotes in 2014.
Cal State San Bernardino junior right-hander Tyler Wells has been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week.
Wells, a Yucaipa High School graduate, helped the Coyotes to a 4-0 win in Saturday’s series opener against Cal State Stanislaus.
He allowed just one hit, one walk, and struck out seven Warrior batters in his first nine-inning complete game performance of the year. Wells needed just 111 pitches to get the job done and after surrendering a single in the second inning he retired the next 20 batters. The only walk of the game was in the ninth inning.
He is now 2-2 with a 1.28 ERA in eight starts with 56 strikeouts in 49 innings.
It was the second time he has earned the weekly honor.
Junior outfielder Jack Larsen of UC San Diego was the Player of the Week.