Diamond `Dogs Ink 20 in Early Signing Period
Dec. 6, 2016
RUSTON, La. - On Monday afternoon Louisiana Tech Baseball head coach Lane Burroughs announced the signing of 20 players to the 2017 class.
The 20 signees come from cities littered across the Southern United States with one exception, as the Bulldogs inked a catcher from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
"Recruiting is not an exact science and we knew the challenges of signing a big class considering the number of seniors we have on this year's club," Burroughs said. "I'm extremely pleased with the relentless effort put forth by our staff in capturing what I believe to be an outstanding group of young men and players. Kudos to Coach Zulli, Coach Ostrander and Coach Creel in all their hard work. To sign a class of this size means a lot of hours away from home and our families and countless hours on the phone. I'm proud of the sacrifices our staff and our families made."
Nine of the 20 signed players will come to Louisiana Tech next fall fresh off of their high school graduation, while 11 others will come from junior college programs from the area.
"I am absolutely giddy over this class," Burroughs continued. "We look for not only skill set, but most importantly character, toughness, awareness and intellect. These young men personify that and then some. Coach Zulli did an outstanding job coordinating these efforts. I was personally able to see many of these young men perform and I am as excited about this group as any in my career. I completely understand that championships aren't won on paper or potential, but I honestly think this group will make Bulldogs everywhere extremely proud on the diamond, in the classroom and in the community for years to come. The future is bright and our better days are ahead of us. It's a great time to be a Bulldog."
The large signing class comes as 15 Bulldogs are entering their senior season as the 2017 season approaches. Louisiana Tech also lost 16 players following the 2016 season, due to the Major League Baseball Draft, graduation and transfers.
"We were able to pinpoint our needs and I can honestly say that we addressed all of them," Burroughs commented. "The athleticism, physicality and pitch-ability of this group are off the charts. We are not done. I expect to sign a few more this spring as we navigate through the season and are able to see any other areas we need to improve."
The class is made up of 11 position players, five pitchers and four others who were utility players on their last stop before signing to play baseball at Louisiana Tech.
"I want to also recognize our players, Wes Bordelon, Taylor Henry and Tommy McClelland for all their help and time," Burroughs said. "Recruiting is a TEAM effort and everyone plays a role."
With the majority of the 2017 class signed and ready to go. The Bulldogs will turn their eyes and focus towards February 17, when Louisiana Tech opens the 2017 campaign at home against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
Louisiana Tech Baseball 2016 Signing Class:
Logan Bailey -- 1B/LHP -- Hallsville, Texas (Panola College)
Panola College: During his freshman season at Panola, Bailey batted .346 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles and 50 RBI, which helped lead the team to an 39-18 record ... Coached by Todd Shelton and Brandon Benton.
High School: Graduated from Hallsville High School in 2015 ... Lettered in football and baseball ... Three-time all-district first basemen ... 2014 first-team all-East Texas ... Selected as a team captain for both football and baseball teams ... Two-time all-district offensive lineman ... 2013 first-team all-East Texas offensive lineman ... Coached by Scott Mitchell, Marty Mayfield and Chris Whatley ... Son of Kaylynn and Chuck Bailey.
Josh Banes -- RHP/3B -- Learned, Mississippi (Central Hinds Academy)
High School: Expected to graduate from Central Hinds Academy in 2017 ... Lettered for four years in basketball and baseball ... Four-time all-district in both baseball and football ... All-state and district-MVP for baseball in 2016 ... Posted a .430 batting average in 2015 and a .400 batting average in 2016 ... Member of FCA ... Coached by Doug Shanks, Chad Bradford and Billy Coumbe ... Son of Sonya and Brad Banes.
Michael Claverie -- 1B/3B -- Spring, Texas (LSU-Eunice)
LSU -- Eunice: During his freshman year with the Bengals, Claverie registered 54 runs and 62 hits and runs. He had 52 RBIs with a .343 batting average and had a .943 fielding percentage ... Coached by Jeff Willis, Alan Orgain, Kade Keowan and Joe Fabre.
High School: Graduated from Live Oak High School in 2015 ... Lettered three years in both baseball and football ... Coached by Greg Briggs, Lafayette Duhe and Michael Palermo ... Son of Christy and Brian Claverie.
Jonathan Fincher -- LHP -- Shreveport, Louisiana (C.E. Byrd High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from C.E. Byrd High School in 2017 ... Lettered for three years in both baseball and football ... Twice named to the LHSAA all-District team ... First-team all-Shreveport pitcher in 2016 ... Over the past two seasons Fincher has tossed 114 innings, racking up 155 strikeouts a 1.25 WHIP and a 2.68 ERA ... During his junior season set the C.E. Byrd school record for strikeouts in a season with 88 and will enter his senior season just 38 strikeouts shy of the school record for career strikeouts (192) ... In 2016 he helped lead C.E. Byrd to 5A-State runner up ... Member of the National Honor Society and Key Club ... Coached by Greg Williams and Ford Pemberton ... Son of Amy and Key Fincher.
Graham Hackbarth -- INF -- Birmingham, Alabama (Pearl River Community College)
Pearl River CC: During his freshman season at Pearl River, Hackbarth registered a .360 batting average, three home runs, 36 RBI and a .465 on-base percentage ... Coached by Michael Avalon.
High School: Graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2015 ... Lettered in both football and baseball ... Named all-Conference during both his junior and senior baseball seasons ... Posted a .380 batting average during his high school career ... Coached by Brian Breeze ... Marci and Mel Hackbarth.
Dawson Huckabay -- C -- West Monroe, Louisiana (West Ouachita High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from West Ouachita High School ion 2017 ... Lettered for three years in baseball ... Twice named all-District ... During his junior season, posted an outstanding .425 batting average during the playoffs and a .315 batting average for the season ... During that season he he also registered 26 RBI, 12 doubles and two home runs ... Helped lead West Ouachita to a state championship appearance in 2016 ... Coached by Mitch Thomas and Billy Smith ... Son of Chris and Molly Huckabay and David and Margret Dickey.
Tanner Huddleston -- 3B -- Lucedale, Mississippi (Jones Junior College)
Jones County Junior College: Led Jones JC to a 2016 national championship, propelled by a .392 batting average, to go along with 12 home runs and 91 RBI ... Coached by Chris Kirtland.
High School: Graduated from George County High School in 2015 ... Lettered in baseball ... Named both an all-state all-star and an all-district all-star ... Batted .470 with seven home runs ... Coached by Brandon Davis ... Son of Maranda Cochren and Adam Huddleston.
Grant Jones -- INF -- Arlington, Texas (Odessa College)
Odessa College: During his freshman season with Odessa College, Jones posted a .397 batting average overall and a .408 batting average during conference games ... Jones also hit a team-high eight triples to go along with eight home runs ... Drove in 27 runs, while also walking 29 times ... Coached by Kurtis Lay.
High School: Graduated from Arlington Martin High School in 2015 ... Lettered in both baseball and football ... Named all-district during his final three seasons ... As a senior Jones was named defensive player of the year ... Led Arlington to state tournament appearances ... Coached by Curt Culberston ... Son of Bobby and Dawn Jones.
David Leal -- LHP -- Houston, Texas (Wharton County Junior College)
Wharton County Junior College: In his freshman season with Wharton County, Leal tossed 71.1 innings, striking out 60. He allowed just 18 walks and registered a 5.17 ERA.
High School: Graduated from MacArthur High School in 2015 ... Lettered in baseball for three seasons ... Named pitched of the year in 2015 ... Coached by Ernest Gonzales ... Son of David and Monica Leal.
Quinton Logan - OF/LHP -- Natchez, Mississippi (Hinds Community College)
Hinds Community College: During his freshman season with Hinds Community College, Logan batted .345 while also recording an on-base percentage of .440 ... Logan has nine extra-base hits which led to 20 runs driven in ... On the mound, Logan tossed 29.2 innings, striking out 25 which earned him an ERA of 3.64 ... He was coached by Sam Temple.
High School: Graduated from Cathedral High School in 2015 ... Lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track ... Named a small school all-American by Max Preps ... Named MVP of the D.M. Howie Crossroads Diamond Club 1A-3A All Star game ... Class 1A Player of the Year ... Led his team to a 2015 1A State Championship ... Registered an ERA of 0.99 and a batting average of .402, as well as 100 strikeouts on the mound in 52 innings pitched ... Coached by Craig Beasley ... son of Preston Logan Sr. and the late Carolyn Logan.
Britt Netterville -- INF/RHP -- Centreville, Mississippi (Centreville Academy)
High School: Expected to graduate from Centreville Academy in 2017 ... Lettered in baseball, football, golf and track ... Has earned all-district honors in his first three seasons ... Named team MVP in 2015 ... Earned the slugger award as a junior ... Two-time state champion in the 100m hurdles ... Batted .386 with a .557 on-base percentage, as well as four home runs ... On the mound, Netterville has registered 45 strikeouts in 39 innings ... Member of the National Beta Club ... Coached by Jason Horne ... Son of Chad and Nikki Netterville.
Steele Netterville -- OF -- Shreveport, Louisiana (C.E. Byrd High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from C.E. Byrd High School in 2017 ... Lettered in football and baseball ... Named first team all-city and first team all-state ... Registered a .409 batting average this past season ... Netterville is an officer in Key Club and a National Honor Student ... Led C.E. Byrd to a state-runner up finish in 2016 ... Coached by Greg Williams, Ford Pemberton, Tyler Dupont and Jason Pope ... Son of Kevin and Terri Netterville.
Connor Neuman -- RHP -- Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from Grapevine High School in 2017 ... Has batted over .430 in consecutive seasons, with an OPS over 1.000 during that same stretch ... As a junior he stole 26 bases while also hitting 11 doubles ...As a sophomore in 2014 he was the District 6-5A Newcomer of the Year ... In 2015 Was named first team all-state in Texas by two separate organizations ... Most Valuable Player of the State Tournament in 2016 ... Led his team to a Texas 5A State Championship where he was named the most valuable player of the championship game after tossing seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just two runs ... As a sophomore on the mound, Neuman tossed 32 innings and registered a 1.95 ERA, he was the only sophomore on Grapevines Varisty roster ... During his junior season, Neuman made 14 appearances and registered 76 strikeouts in 68 innings to go along with a 1.85 ERA ... Son of Tim and Liane Neuman.
Griffith Olinde -- INF -- West Monroe, Louisiana (Claiborne Christian Academy)
High School: Expected to graduate from Claiborne Christian in 2017 ... As a junior Olinde batted .500 with six home runs, six triples, seven doubles, 44 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 24 games ... Those numbers helped propel Claiborne Christian to a 2016 Class C State Championship ... Has also led Claiborne Christian to state-runner up in 2013, 2014 and 2015 ... 2016 Class C State MVP by both the LSWA and LBCA ... 2015 and 2016 first team all-Louisiana ... 2016 district MVP ... 2015 and 2016 all-Northeast Louisiana ... Member of the Student Leadership Institute, Chapel Band, Quiz Bowl, Youth Ministry, CCS Servolution, Church Choir and Praise Team ... Coached by Chad Olinde ... Son of Chad and Nicki Olinde.
Cameron Parikh -- SS/P -- Bossier City, Louisiana (Airline High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from Airline High School in 2017 ... Lettered in baseball ... Registered team highs in 2016 with 14 doubles and an ERA of 1.03 on the mound ... Batted .409 to go along with those 14 doubles ... In both 2015 and 2016 he was a Perfect Game all-tournament selection ... Has helped lead Airline High School to three consecutive district championships ... Honorable mention all-state at shortstop ... All-district at both pitcher and shortstop in 2016 ... All-district MVP in 2016 ... Member of FCA and National Honor Society ... Coached by Toby Todd, Shawn Sonnier, Chase Cox, Al Cantwell and Eddie Fitzpatrick ... Son of Roger and Crissy Parikh.
Logan Robbins -- LHP -- Lucedale, Mississippi (Jones County Junior College)
Jones County Junior College: Helped lead Jones County to a 2016 national championship ... Tossed 61.1 innings, striking out 54 to go along with a 4.70 ERA ... Posted a 6-0 record while also recording a save ... Coached by Chris Kirtland.
High School: Graduated from George County High School in 2014 ... Lettered for five years in baseball ... Coached by Brooks McKay, Tony Neil, Mel Spivey and Brandon Davis ... Son of Michael and Phyllis Robbins.
Braxton Smith -- RHP -- Orange, Texas (LSU-Eunice)
LSU -- Eunice: During his freshman campaign he achieved a 5-1 record, tossing 48 innings ... He struck out 56 in those 48 innings, while walking just 13 ... Posted an ERA of 3.00 and an opponent batting average of .197 ... Helped propel LSU-E to a 32 game winning streak to begin the season ... Coached by Jeff Willis, Allan Orgain, Kade Keowen and Joe Fabre.
High School: Graduated from Orangefield High School in 2014 ... Lettered four season in baseball ... Was coached by Todd Trawhan ... Son of Hank and Sandy Smith.
Cole Warken -- C/1B -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Polk State College)
Polk State College: In his first season with Polk State, Warken batted .285 with eight doubles, three triples a home run and 26 RBIs .. Coached by Al Corbeil, Jake Rogers and Brad Cook.
High School: Graduated from Martin Collegiate in 2015 ... Lettered in baseball and hockey ... 2015 BCPBL First Team all-Conference catcher ... During his career posted a .382 batting average with 10 doubles, three triples and 35 RBIs ... Coached by Doug Rogers and Keith Radix ... Son of Neil and Debby Warken.
Hunter Wells -- INF -- Katy, Texas (Tyler Junior College)
Tyler Junior College: Helped lead Tyler Junior College to an NJCAA National Championship in 2016 ... Led the team with 218 at-bats, posting a .350 batting average and an on-base percentage of .406 ... Drive in 50 runs while walking 22 times ... Stole 30 bases ... Hit 15 doubles and three triples.
High School: Graduated from Cinco Ranch High School in 2015 ... Lettered in both baseball and basketball ... Named all-district in three separate seasons ... Coached by Brett Wallace ... Son of David and Margarita Wells.
Taylor Young -- INF -- West Monroe, Louisiana (West Monroe High School)
High School: Expected to graduate from West Monroe High School in 2017 ... Lettered in baseball and football ... Has posted a batting average of .416 and a .595 batting average in district play ... 2016 District 2-5A Player of the Year ... Three-time all-district selection ... 2016 Perfect Game All-American/All-Region Honorable Mention ... Named to three separate Perfect Game all-tournament teams ... Coached by Wade Simoneaux, Joey Adams and Ron McBeth ... Son of Stacy Young and Keri Gross.
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