Thursday, November 12
Hunter Sylte signs at Montana State University Billings

Photo Courtesy of Gillette News Record

RIDERS (64-23)  2nd Place Wyoming State AA Runners Up, NORTHWEST REGIONAL RUNNER-UP
RUSTLERS (41-21) 3rd Place State A Tournament
RENEGADES (20-29) 4th Place State B Tournament
JR RIDERS (39-21) 
  Hunter Sylte signs at Montana State University Billings 
Riders senior Hunter Sylte has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Montana State University Billings. Hunter signed his letter on Nov. 11th in front of family and friends. MSU Billings has turned into a conference contender the last five years under head coach Rob Bishop. MSU Billings competes at the Division II level in the GNAC Conference. Last season MSUB went 27-23 overall and won the GNAC Conference for the first time in their program's existence. MSUB started their college baseball program in 2005. Sylte marks the second Rider to sign collegiately already this year for the Riders and the 37th in their program since 2006. 
MSU Billings Coach Rob Bishop on Sylte: "Hunter is a great fit on the mound for our program. He is projectable and already has a good feel for his breaking ball. We believe his best baseball is ahead of him. We are looking forward to watching him develop as a Yellowjacket." 
Sylte has played in the Riders program from 2012-2016. The right handed pitcher has played Varsity for the Riders since his freshman season and has been a integral part of the Riders pitching staff over the last three summers. In 2015, Sylte had an excellent season, going 9-3 on the mound with a stellar 1.93 ERA. He also recorded 3 saves in 3 opportunities last season. Last summer, the hard-throwing righty had the highest stikeout-to-innings pitched ratio on the RIders pitching staff. Sylte also hit .218 as a position player and played in 43 games in right field. Sylte was an key piece in the Riders late season run at the NW Regional Tournament. 
Coach Perleberg on Sylte: "I'm really excited to see how the next 4 years transpire for Hunter under the tutelage of Coach Bishop. I think this is a great fit for him and MSU Billings is getting a fine pitcher and an even better young man. Hunter is a very talented pitcher and has so many tools that you can't teach. He has a live arm action, long levers, and a great frame. Along with his great physical tools, Hunter has a great work ethic, drive, and unselfishness that will prepare him for all avenues of baseball and life. He has a chance to be great not only for us next summer, but at the college level over the next few years. He has a very high upside as a pitcher and it will be exciting to watch him develop in their system."
The Riders family would like to congratulate Hunter on this great accomplishment. We are very proud of you and thank you for your years of dedication to the Riders program. Hunter will graduate from Campbell County High School this May. He is the son of Tom and Melanie Sylte. His younger brother Hayden (13) plays in the Riders program as well. 
Mason Bonar signs at University of Jamestown
Riders senior Mason Bonar has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at the University of Jamestown. The University of Jamestown, under longtime coach Tom Hager has been a perenial powerhouse at the NAIA level for many years. Bonar joins a long list of Gillette Riders players to play at UJ. Former Rider Alumni Ryan Iliff, Drew Baier, Sawley Wilde all played at UJ when it was Jamestown College. JT Zigray and currently Westin Hinkel are currently in their senior seasons at UJ. 
University of Jamestown Coach Tom Hager on Bonar: "Mason is a talented pitcher who comes from an outstanding legion baseball program. We believe his talent and work-ethic will be a great fit for our team and we are really looking forward to seeing him in a Jimmie uniform.”
Bonar has played in the Riders program from 2012-2016. The right handed pitcher has been a key piece to the Riders pitching staff the past two summers. Last summer he had a stellar season, going 9-4 on the mound with a 2.55 ERA. He also recorded 3 saves in 3 opportunities last season. Bonar was an integral piece in the Riders late season run at the NW Regional Tournament. He pitched in all 4 games that the Riders won at the Regional Tournament, recording 2 saves and 1 win, the most decisions by any pitcher in the entire tournament. 
Coach Perleberg on Bonar: "One of the main reasons I coach is to see young men like Mason earn opportunities such as this one. It has been especially gratifying watching Mason get to this point in our program both as as person and as a player. He has overcome many obstacles to become a fine young man and someone who represents Riders baseball to a high standard. Mason has always embraced his role and this summer was such a huge piece to our success. We would not have finished with that Regional Runner Up without his toughness on the mound during the final week of the season. He is a tough competitor, who has been a very dependable and dedicated player in our program for many years.  Mason's ability to attack the strikezone, his commitment level, and his live arm action should provide Coach Hager another great player from Gillette. The Riders family is very proud of Mason and this great accomplishment."
Mason will graduate from Campbell County High School this May. He is the son of Alan and Jennifer Bonar of Gillette. He has two younger siblings, Austin (15) and Samantha (10).

NEW: The Riders finished the 2015 season one win short of the American Legion World Series. The Riders finished as Northwest Regional Runners Up. They finished in the final 16 teams in the country out of over 5,000 teams. It is the best finish in Gillette Riders history and ties Cheyenne as the highest finish in Wyoming Legion Baseball history.

BRICK FUNDRAISER- Personalize your own brick on the beautiful  NEW brick wall at the entrance tunnel at Hladky Memorial Stadium. You can personalize up to 3 lines on a 4" x 8" paver. Your brick will be there permanately for years to come. A cheap way to give back to the program and be seen by everyone who enters the stadium. Bricks are a one-time fee of $125.00.  We are planning to have new ones engraved twice a summer, once in June and once in July. Don't miss out on having your personalized brick!
To purchase a brick or bricks, contact Steve Laakso at 680-4956. 

FREE ADMISSION to all Post 42 Legion Baseball games this summer at Hladky Memorial Stadium (Not Including Tournaments) thanks to our 2015 Gate Sponsor:  Tisdale Creek Ranch and TCRI Measurement
Post 42 Legion Baseball and Campbell County Prevention Council have teamed up to make Hladky Memorial Stadium 100% Tobacco Free!!


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