GILLETTE RIDERS POST 42 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: RIDERS COLLEGE/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 2006-2019
THE TRADITION CONTINUES....
Since 2006, the Riders Program has had 50 players go on to play college baseball.
Adam Necklason- University of Wyoming Club
Travis Belt- University of Wyoming Club
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
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
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
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
Drake Kelley- Scottsdale Community College
Jon Fisher- University of Wyoming Club
Turner Lofing- Garden City Community College
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
Andrew Youngs- Miles Community College
Lucas Rissler- Williston State College
*Tanner Rogen- Williston State College/Oral Roberts Univ
Wyatt Estabrook- Western Nebraska CC
Zach Donahoo- Williston State College
Cody Eaton- Miles City CC
*Ian Durgin- Otero Junior College/Colorado School of Mines
Jarran Arbach- Otero Junior College
Mason Bonar- University of Jamestown
Hunter Sylte- MSU Billings/Scottsdale CC
Josh Hughes- Montana State University Billings
Drayson Hladky- Treasure Valley CC
Kolter Langdon- Bismarck State College
Kyler Stark- Dawson Community College
*Joseph Harris- University of Jamestown
Josh Kuhbacher- Dakota Wesleyan University
*Austyn Hester- Williston State College
*Dillon Buckmeier- Minot State University
*Wyatt Dunn- Suffolk University
*Jordan Evans- University of Wyoming Club
*Mason Powell- MSU Billings
*Chase Reimer- Miles Community College
*Zach Brown- Doane University
* Active Players
CURRENT RIDERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
2018- Hester was named Freshman of the Year for Williston State Baseball
Reimer commits to Miles Community College
Riders senior Chase Reimer has verbally committed to play college baseball at Miles Community College in Miles City MT. MCC plays in the MonDak Conference at the NJCAA Division II level. Head Coach Jeff Brabant has coached at Miles Community College for 16 years, 8 years as the head coach. During those years, MCC has won many Conference Championships, highlighted by a 2007 campaign in which they advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
MCC Coach Jeff Brabant on Reimer: “It’s always a good day for the Pioneers when we get players from great programs such as Coach Perleberg’s. Chase is another in a line rich with Roughriders to go through our program. We expect that he will prosper and compete for us just as his predecessors. We are excited and look for great things with Chase in our program and watching him roam our outfield.”
Reimer on choosing MCC: “I chose MCC because Coach O’Connell and Coach Brabant made me feel welcome and like I was part of their program from the minute I stepped on campus. They have a good business program and there are only 500 students that attend MCC so the students receive a lot of 1-on-1 attention in the classroom. I also liked the fact that it was close to home and that I have family in the area. Overall, I feel like I have a great opportunity to better myself as a person and a player at MCC and that it will be a great place to start for me.”
Reimer has played in the Riders program from 2014-2018. In 2016 he was an integral part of the Gillette Rustlers State “B” Championship team. Last season, Reimer played on a Riders team that finished Wyoming State Runners Up with a 57-27 overall record. Reimer, known for his defensive versatility, had a remarkable .955 fielding percentage at first base and in the outfield. At the plate, he hit .218 with 21 RBI and 40 runs scored. He also had 30 base on balls and a .374 On Base Percentage.
Coach Perleberg on Reimer: “The thing that has always impressed me about Chase is his selflessness and willingness to put the team first. You can always count on Chase to be a solid, dependable player. He a fine young man both on and off the field and represents our program to the highest of standards. Chase’s versatility and ability to play multiple positions has carved out a valuable role for himself in our program. He plays a very good 1stbase and was also a solid outfielder for us last year as well. Chase is a good athlete with a lot of un-tapped potential. He’s worked hard in our off-season program this year and is getting a lot stronger physically. I really feel like Chase’s numbers will continue to only get better with more confidence and reps. I think Chase will not only be a valuable piece to our team this summer, but will also be a great addition to Coach Brabant and MCC.”
The Riders family is very proud of Chase and thanks him for his years of hard work and dedication to our program. Chase is currently a senior at Thunder Basin High School. He is the son of Brenda Reimer of Gillette.
Ian Durgin/Colorado School of Mines
Jordan Evans/University of Wyoming Club
2018 Stats- Appeared in 2 games on mound.
Riders senior Powell commits to MSU Billings
Riders senior Mason Powell has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at MSU Billings in Montana. MSUB is a NCAA Division II school that has became a national contender the last 2 seasons under coach Aaron Sutton.In his first two seasons, Sutton owns a record of 56-47 (.602) and has gone 50-30 in conference games (.625). Sutton was named the GNAC co-Coach of the Year in 2018, after piloting the Yellowjackets to their third GNAC regular-season title in the last four seasons.
MSUB Coach Sutton on Powell: “We’re looking forward to adding such a quality player and person in Mason. Mace comes from a program that prepares their guys for the next level and teaches them how to win. He is a very exciting player with his skill set and we look forward to being a part of his development on and off the field these next 4 years.”
Powell on choosing MSUB: I chose MSUB for reasons both on and off the baseball field. I plan to be a high school math teacher and coach, and MSUB's rich history as a teaching college will help prepare me for my chosen profession. I also chose MSUB because this baseball team's reputation and winning mentality is exactly what I want to be a part of day in and day out. The coaching staff's level of professionalism and organization is exactly what it takes to create a championship atmosphere, and I desire nothing more than to compete for and contribute to this outstanding program. I am excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Sutton and his staff. Lastly, I chose MSUB because I love the town of Billings and the surrounding area. I am looking forward to being a Yellowjacket!
Powell has played in the Riders program from 2014-2018. In 2016 he was a big part of the Gillette Rustlers State “B” Championship team. The last two seasons playing for the Riders, Powell has been a key cog in the middle of a lineup that has won 114 games. In 2017 as sophomore he started for a Riders team that finished 57-27 overall. Powell hit at a .342 clip his sophomore season, with 54 RBI, 47 R, and 10 doubles. In 2018 as a junior, he was part of a Riders team that finished 57-27 and Wyoming State Runner Up. He was unanimously selected by the Wyoming “AA” Legion Coaches as a 1stTeam All State Selection. He led the Riders in batting average (.354) and RBI (58). Maybe more impressive was the fact that he played in 83 out of 84 games, proving his durability and consistency. To go along with his gaudy offensive numbers, Powell has been equally as dominant on the mound with a career record of 14-2 and a 1.59 ERA.
Coach Perleberg on Powell: “Over the past 5 years, Mason has defined what it means to be a “Rider” on a daily basis. On and off the field he is a hard working, committed, smart, disciplined, team-first guy who happens to also be extremely competitive. He is a great leader and role model for our program. When you combine all these traits with the type of talent that he has, you get a really special player/young man. Mason’s bat has a chance to be really special, especially as he continues to mature and get stronger. I feel like MSBU and Mason will be the perfect fit for each other. I’ve always admired Coach Sutton’s structure, discipline, and dedication to not only the player, but also the entire student-athlete. Their program is very similar to ours in a lot of ways, which I think will really benefit Mason. Mason’s coachability and upside provide the perfect scenario for him to excel at MSUB. I feel very fortunate to have coached him the last few years and can’t wait for next couple of years with him. The Riders family is very proud of Mason and thanks him for his years of hard work and dedication to our program.
Powell is currently a senior at Thunder Basin High School with a 4.0 GPA. He is the son of Brad and Melissa Powell of Gillette, WY.
Tanner Rogen/Scottsdale CC/Oral Roberts University
Wyatt Dunn/Suffolk University
Zach Brown/ Doane University
Rider senior Zach Brown to play at Doane University
Riders senior Zach Brown has verbally committed to play college baseball at Doane Unversity in Doane, Nebraska. Doane is a NAIA school in Nebraska that plays in the GPAC Conference. Last season Doane finished 27-25 overall and 15-11 in the GPAC under 2nd year head coach Josh Oltmans. Coach Oltmans now in his 3rd year, was a long-time assistant at Doane (2007-2015) prior to becoming head coach. Zach is the 50th Riders player to sign to play college baseball during Coach Perleberg's tenure.
Doane Coach Josh Oltmans on Brown: "Zach is a fierce competitor with a desire to make himself and his teammates better. It's tough to beat someone that doesn't quit and Zach is that type of player. He will be a great fit in our program. We are excited to welcome him to the Doane Baseball family."
Brown on choosing Doane: "I chose to attend Doane because of their reputation on and off the field. Doane is one of the most prestige colleges in Nebraska and they have an outstanding pre-Physical Therapy program. Coach Oltmans and Coach Engle are both hungry to win and compete at a very high level and that's what I want to do. Coach Oltmans coaches the right way and it pays off on the field. I had great comfort with the school, coaches, and players at Doane that will make the distance from home easier to deal with. Lastly, I enjoyed the small town atmosphere but also being close to some bigger cities is exciting. I can't wait to fulfill my lifelong dream to play college baseball and couldn't be happier to become a Tiger!"
Brown has played in the Riders program from 2014-2018. In 2016 he was the starting shortstop for the Gillette Rustlers State B Championship team. In 2018, Zach was a starting middle infielder for a Riders team that finished as a team with a remarkable .944 Fielding Percentage. At the plate, Brown hit .274 as a junior, with a .403 On Base Percentage. He scored 47 runs and swiped 21 bases. On the mound, the word consistency sums up Zach's 2018 campaign. Zach was 8-2 with 3 saves and a 1.44 ERA. Zach's 2018 Riders team finished Wyoming State Runners Up with a 57-27 overall record.
Coach Perleberg on Brown: "The longer you coach you come to realize there are only a few special players that come along that really define the culture of your program and Brownie is definitely one of them. Zach is a Rider through and through and embraces daily what we look for out of young men in our program. Zach's toughness, competiveness, willpower, everyday comittment, loyalty, and quiet leadership are all qualities that make him a special young man. Zach is a very goal-oriented young man, who has never looked for a shortcut. He brings so many intagibles to our team that often don't show up in the scorebook. Through this selection process Zach has been very diligent and mature about finding the right fit and has found a program in Doane that will really guide Zach to be the best that he can be. Zach will be in good hands with Coach Oltmans and his staff at Doane University."
The Riders family is very proud of Zach and thanks him for his years of hard work and dedication to our program. Zach is currently a senior at Thunder Basin High School. He is the son of Jim Brown and Marcy Brown, each of Gillette.