GILLETTE POST 42 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: RIDERS COLLEGE/PROS

RIDERS IN THE PROS
1994- Kirby Drube 39th Round Los Angeles Dodgers
2011- Ryan Hutchison 49th Round San Diego Padres
2012- Austin Cowen 35th Round Los Angeles Dodgers
2013- Ryan Hutchison- Lake Erie Crushers (Independent)
2014- Ryan Hutchison- Arizona Diamondbacks



RIDERS COLLEGE BASEBALL 2006-2017
Since 2006, the Riders Program has had 42 players go on to play college baseball.

RIDERS COLLEGE PLAYERS

2006
Adam Necklason- University of Wyoming Club
Travis Belt- University of Wyoming Club

2007
Drew Baier- Jamestown College
Nate Kolata- Doane College/MSU Billings
Ryan Iliff- Jamestown College
Sawley Wilde- Jamestown College
Zach Hamilton- Pierce College/Iowa Western CC

2008
Garrett Jackson- Valley City State/Kirkwood CC
Ryan Hutchison- Iowa Western CC/Western Kentucky U
Austin Cowen- Miles City CC/Western Illinois University
Bubba Hamilton- Grossmont Community College
Seth Means- Dodge City CC/University of North Dakota

2009
Jared Wass- Miles City Community College
Anthony Kramer- Hastings College
Kyle Rhoades-Doane College/U of Wyoming Club
Evan Cunningham- Otero Junior College
Nathan Barrett- Presentation College in Aberdeen SD

2010
Dalton Cowen- Iowa Central CC/Univ of Nebraska Kearney
JT Zigray- Miles CC/Jamestown College
Tucker Young-Montana State University Billings/Miles CC/New Mexico Highlands/Midland University

2011
Drake Kelley- Scottsdale Community College
Jon Fisher- University of Wyoming Club
Turner Lofing- Garden City Community College

2012
Westin Hinkel-Treasure Valley CC/U of Arkansas PineBluff/University of Jamestown
Gavin Reimer- Bismarck State College/CSU Pueblo
Austin Tennant- Miles Community College/Dickinson St
Drew Adriaens- MSU Billings/Iowa Western CC

2013
Andrew Youngs- Miles Community College

2014
*Lucas Rissler- Williston State College
*Tanner Rogen- Williston State College
Wyatt Estabrook- Western Nebraska CC
Zach Donahoo- Williston State College

2015
*Cody Eaton- Miles City CC
*Ian Durgin- Otero Junior College
*Jarran Arbach- Otero Junior College

2016
*Mason Bonar- University of Jamestown
*Hunter Sylte- Montana State University Billings
*Josh Hughes- Montana State University Billings
*Drayson Hladky- Treasure Valley CC
*Kolter Langdon- Bismarck State College
*Kyler Stark- Dawson Community College

2017
*Joseph Harris- University of Jamestown
* Active Players



CURRENT RIDERS COLLEGE PLAYERS


Eaton MCC
Cody Eaton/Miles CC
2016 MCC


Hladky
Drayson Hladky/Treasure Valley CC
HLADKY CHOOSES NWAC POWERHOUSE TREASURE VALLEY

        Riders senior Drayson Hladky has verbally agreed to play college baseball at Treasure Valley Community College. Treasure Valley Community College is located in Ontario, Oregon, along the Snake River, about 50 miles west of Boise, Idaho. Treasure Valley is well known as a powerhouse in the NWAC conference, winning the East Region each of the last three seasons under head coach Aaron Sutton. They have been to the Regional 12 out of the last 13 years and made five trips to the NWAC Championships. The East Region of the NWAAC is known as arguably one of the toughest conferences in nation. Hladky will follow former Rider player and now assistant coach Westin Hinkel who had a great career at Treasure Valley during the 2013/2014 seasons.

        Treasure Valley Coach Aaron Sutton on Hladky: "Drayson really fits the Treasure Valley mold as a ball player. He's a blue collar, dirtbag type of a player. He comes from a great program and knows how to compete and win. His versatility as a catcher and outfielder should give him the opportunity to be an impact player right away. We are very excited to make him and his family a part of the Chukar family."

        Hladky has played in the Riders program from 2012-2016. He has been a Varsity starter since his freshman season at catcher and outfield. In 2014, Hladky's bat and leadership behind the plate helped lead the Riders to their 2nd ever Wyoming State Championship. In 2015, Hladky again was a vital piece in the Riders success, a year in which they went 64-23 overall and finished at NW Regional Runners Up. Last season, Hladky hit .335 in 81 games played. He led the team with an incredible .457 On Base % which included a team leading 43 walks and 19 hit by pitches. He also scored 67 runs and drove in 57 runs as the team's 2-hole hitter. Hladky finished second on the team with 31 stolen bases and 16 doubles.

        Coach Perleberg on Hladky: "It is rare to have a player with the drive, decidation, and competitive fire that is found inside of Drayson. Watching him work day in and day out is a privilege. He is a special young man, who has worked extremelly hard for everything that he's accomplished. He takes no short-cuts and is as unselfish of a player as you will find. With the emphasis that our team puts on pitching, it is crucial to have an outstanding catcher to lead the way. It's no secret that a great deal of our success on the mound over the past two years is directly linked to Drayson's leadership behind the plate. Drayson has such a unique skill set with his athleticism and ability to handle a pitching staff. He is the perfect fit for a Coach Sutton and what he looks for in student athletes. The Riders family is very proud of you and thanks you for your years of hard work and sacrifice in our program."

        Drayson currently has a 3.8 GPA at Campbell County High School and will graduate this May. He is the son of Patrick and Jean Hladky.



Sylte
Hunter Sylte/MSU Billings
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.



Durgin Otero
Ian Durgin/Otero JC
2016 Otero JC Stats-


Arbach Otero
Jarran Arbach/Otero JC
2016 Otero JC Stats-


Hughes
Josh Hughes/MSU Billings
HUGHES VERBALLY COMMITS WITH MSU BILLINGS

        Riders senior Josh Hughes has verbally agreed to play college baseball at Montana State University Billings. Josh has been very meticulous throughout this selection process, and finally narrowed down his search last week to MSUB after many months of college visits and tours. 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. They were recently picked to finish second in the GNAC this year in the pre-season polls.
      
        MSU Billings Coach Rob Bishop on Hughes: "Josh is a great kid and is exactly the type of person we want in our program. He will be a terrific college player with his speed and athleticism. We are looking forward to him being a Yellowjacket"
      
        Hughes has played in the Riders program from 2012-2016. He has played Varsity for the Riders since his sophomore season. Hughes has been an everyday starter for the Riders during that time. In 2014, Hughes hit .371 in 70 games and helped lead the Riders to a Wyoming State Championship. Last year, Hughes had another stellar season hitting .333 in 80 games played. He led the team in runs scored with 82 and stolen bases with 49. Hughes' Riders finished 64-23 last season, ending the year as NW Regional Runners Up, tied for the highest overall finish of any legion baseball team in Wyoming history.      
        
        Coach Perleberg on Hughes: "Josh exemplies everything that is Riders baseball is about. He's smart, tough, hard-working, dedicated, and wonderful role-model for our program. His leadership and character traits are second to none. Overall, I'd say he's as dependable as any player that I've coached. He has a very special skill set with his speed and athleticism that will give him a chance to contribute right away at the college level. Josh has a knack for coming through in the clutch. The bigger the game, the better he seems to be. He's only skimmed the surface of the type of player that he can become. The Riders family would like to congratulate Josh on this great accomplishment. We are very proud of you and thank you for your years of dedication to the Riders program."

        Josh will graduate from Campbell County High School this May as a class Salutatorian. He is the son of Dave and Wendi Hughes.



Stark
Kyler Stark/Dawson Community College
Stark inks at Dawson Community College

Kyler Stark has verbally agreed to play college baseball at Dawson Community College this fall. Stark graduated in 2015, but attended the University of Wyoming last year on an academic scholarship. However, after putting up huge numbers this summer playing his last year of eligibility with the Roughriders, Stark drew the attention of some college coaches, specifically Chris Lewis of DCC. Lewis who was just hired in July, is looking to continue building a program that finished 26-20 in 2016. Dawson Community College is located in Glendive, Montana. DCC competes in the MonDak Conference at the NJCAA Division 2 level.

Dawson Community College Coach Chris Lewis on Stark: "First of all, Kyler is a great kid and teammate. He comes from a great program and knows how to compete and win. I feel like he has a shot to be a special offensive player for us with power potential. We are looking forward to having him in the program both as a player and a person.

Stark has played in the Riders program from 2011-2016. In 2014, Stark was part of the Riders team that won their 2nd ever Wyoming State Championship. In 2015, Stark again was a vital piece in the Riders success, a year in which they went 64-23 overall and finished at NW Regional Runners Up. This season Stark helped lead the Riders to a 57-25 record and a 3rd place finish at State. Stark had a breakout season in 2016, despite it being somewhat shortened due to college and an injury. Stark led the State this year with 8 homeruns, despite playing in only 30 games and having only 111 plate appearances on the season. He hit .326, with a .459 On Base % and .651 Slugging Percentage. He also broke the Riders all-time homerun record for a season with (8) and career with (10) for BBCOR bats.

Coach Perleberg on Stark: "Kyler is a very special young man to me and he deserves this opportunity as much as any young man I've coached. He is a great teammate and has put his heart and soul into our program for the last 6 years. He is very well respected by his peers and coaches in the program. Kyler really put up some huge numbers this year offensively and has the tools to be a force in the MonDak Conference. He will be a perfect fit for Coach Lewis who believes in hard work and attention to detail. The Riders family is very proud of you and thanks you for your years of hard work and dedication to our program."      

Kyler attended the University of Wyoming last year and graduated from Campbell County High School in 2015. He is the son of Jarrod Stark and Brandi Marynik both of Gillette.



Langdon
Kolter Langdon/Bismarck State
LANGDON SIGNS AT BISMARCK STATE COLLEGE

        Riders senior Kolter Langdon has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State is a Division 2 Junior College and they compete in the MonDak Conference. In 2015, Bismarck State finished 2nd in the MonDak conference with a 13-3 record and a 20-24 overall record. They have improved drastically the last few seasons under new head coach Joe Mueller and are a program on the rise.

        Bismarck State Coach Joe Mueller on Langdon: "We are very excited to add Kolter to next year's team. He comes from a great program and baseball background. Kolter will provide immediate help for the Mystics on the mound. The command of his pitches and demeanor really stood out to our staff. Kolter will be a great addition and provide needed depth to our rotation."

        Langdon has played in the Riders program from 2012-2016. Last season he had a great rookie season for the Riders, going 8-3 on the mound with a 1.81 ERA. Langdon finished second on the team in ERA. Langdon, who is known for his pinpoint control, only walked 17 batters in 73.1 innings pitched. He was a key part of the Riders pitching staff that broke many team records and finished at NW Regional Runners Up. In 2014, Langdon was the Rustler's ace going 5-4 with a 1.99 ERA and helped lead the Rustlers to their first ever State Championship. He threw a complete game in the 4-2 win over Cheyenne in the State B Championship game that year.

        Coach Perleberg on Langdon: "Kolter defines what it means to bring consistency and dependability everytime he steps onto the mound. He's always going to pound the strike zone and compete at a high level. You know what you're going to get each time out and that is always reassuring. Anytime you throw over 70 innings in legion baseball and an ERA below 2, you are obviously doing a lot of things right. In 2015, he really exceeded our expectations and was a huge part of our team's success last year. We are looking forward to another big year out of Kolter in 2016 as his role again will change this year. Kolter will have a chance to contribute right away at Bismarck State and that should really help his development as a player. The Riders family is very excited for Kolter's opportunity and congratulate you on this opportunity. We thank you for your years of dedication to our program."

        Kolter is currently a senior at Campbell County High School and will graduate this May. He is the son of Kris and Shawna Langdon and Heidi Little of Gillette.



Lucas Rissler/Williston State
2015/2016 Williston State

2015 Stats-

2016 Stats-



Mason Bonar
Mason Bonar/University of Jamestown
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).



Tanner Rogen/Scottsdale CC


Harris
Joseph Harris/University of Jamestown
Harris commits to the University of Jamestown
Riders senior Joseph Harris has verbally agreed to play college baseball at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota. Jamestown is an NAIA school that belongs to the NSAA conference. Jamestown is well known for their successful baseball program under long-time head coach Tom Hager. Last season, Jamestown had their best record in program history going 52-11 and qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament. The Jimmies have won 9 conference titles under Hager, including 8 National Tournament appearances, 3 Regional Championships, and 2 World Series appearances. Harris will now look to follow in the footsteps of many former Riders who have had successful careers at Jamestown.

       UJ Coach Tom Hager on Harris: "We are excited to sign a blue-collar, hard working student-athlete like Joseph. He comes from a great program and has a ton of potential. We look forward to seeing him in a Jimmie uniform."

       Harris has played in the Riders program from 2013-2017. Harris was a key part of the Rustlers team that won their first ever State "B" Championship in 2014. In 2015, he was a 1st team All-State member of the Gillette Rustlers team that finished 3rd in the "A" State Tournament. That finish is also the program's highest for the "A" division. Last season in his junior campaign, Harris was a part of a Riders team that finished an outstanding 57-25 overall and won their 3rd consecutive Conference Championship. He helped lead a very good Riders pitching staff by starting a team-leading 15 games on the mound, compiling a solid 7-6 record. He struck out 51 batters in 78 innings pitched. Harris also hit .248 with 25 RBI and 19 runs scored in 59 games played. He will be a key contributor in 2017 for the Riders both on the mound and in the field.

       Coach Perleberg on Harris "Joseph brings a blue-collar type work ethic to the yard each and every day. You know what you are going to get with him and that is consistency and dependability each and every day. His work-ethic shows up not only on the field, but in the classroom as indicated by his 4.0 GPA. Another thing that stood out to me last season about Joseph was his unselfishness. We had a dire need for catchers early on the season and he took it upon himself to not only learn a new position, but to excel at it. I see Jamestown being a great fit for both parties involved, because of Joseph's drive and desire. Joseph is not only a great baseball player, but a great overall person and we are lucky to have him as part of our program. The Riders family is very proud of you and thanks you for your years of hard work and sacrifice in our program."

       Joseph currently has a 4.0 GPA at Campbell County High School and will graduate this May. He is the son of Brad and Delight Harris.



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