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 2006-2016
Since 2006, the Riders Program has had 37 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
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

* Active Players


CURRENT RIDERS COLLEGE PLAYERS

Cody Eaton/Miles CC
RIDERS SENIOR CODY EATON SIGNS WITH MILES CC

Riders senior pitcher Cody Eaton has agreed verbally to play college baseball at Miles Community College, in Miles City Montana. Miles CC is a Division 1 Junior College and competes in the NJCAA Region IX District. Eaton made his decision this week after narrowing it down between several schools. Miles is a program of great tradition, winning 13 consecutive Conference Championships at the Division 2 level and recently moved to the Division 1 level in 2015.

Miles CC Head Coach Jeff Brabant on Eaton: "We are excited to have another Gillette product in our program. Knowing how Coach Perleberg runs his program, we know we will be getting a college ready athlete. We expect Cody to come in and hit the ground running in the fall and have a great career in a Pioneer uniform."

Eaton is a three-year starter for the Riders Varsity program. The left handed pitcher has been a key piece to the Riders pitching staff the last two seasons. Eaton is known for his competitiveness on the mound and his ability to excel in big games. He won some huge games for the Riders State Championship team last season down the stretch. He finished 2014 with a record of 4-6 with a 3.42 ERA. He set an all-time Riders record in 2014 by appearing in 31 games on the mound.

Coach Perleberg on Eaton: "Cody is the ultimate team-mate and is as unselfish of a person and player that you will find. He is a great representation of what Riders baseball is all about. What makes Cody special is his willingness to want the baseball in the biggest moments. He has never been a guy to shy away from competition and believes in himself and his abilities. His competitive drive, along with his ability to attack the strike zone will make him a great fit for Coach Brabant at Miles CC. He has been a very dependable, dedicated player in our program for the last three years. The Riders family would like to congratulate Cody on his signing."

Cody will graduate from Campbell County High School this May. He is the son of Patrick and April Eaton of Gillette.


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.


Ian Durgin/Otero JC
RIDERS SENIOR IAN DURGIN SIGNS AT OTERO JC

Riders senior pitcher/infielder Ian Durgin has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO. Otero is a Division 1 Junior College and competes in the NJCAA Region IX District. Durgin narrowed down his decision last week from multiple schools to go to Otero. Otero finished 30-26 last season and lost in the championship game of the Region IX tournament. This season they are currently 31-23 overall and finished 24-12 in conference play. Durgin becomes the 35th player from the Riders program since 2006 to earn a college baseball opportunity.

Coach Carillo on Durgin: "We are extremely excited about signing Ian to come play for us next year. He is a great kid who will come in and work hard for us. He will make an immediate impact for us on the mound as a freshman. We look forward to working with him and having a high character kid like him in the program.

Durgin has played at the Varsity level for the Riders since he was a freshman in high school. His contributions as a pitcher and infielder have been well noted, and he was a key piece to the Riders 2014 State Championship team last season. To this point, Durgin has won 14 total games in his career on the mound and is the current ace of the Riders staff this season. Last season he started 16 games on the mound, which is a Riders all-time record. He has been among the team's leaders in innings pitched each of the last two years. Last season he also hit .308 at the plate.

Coach Perleberg on Durgin: "One of the most gratifying things about my job is seeing quality young men such as Ian, move on to chase his dream. Ian defines what Riders baseball is about through his daily commitment and dedication to our program. He brings a blue-collar type work ethic everyday and is never satisfied with where he is at as a player. One thing that always stands out about Ian is his willingness to spend time working with younger players at the field, as well as the amount of time that he puts in working on his own game. Ian's ability to out-work guys and his personal drive to be the best that he can be will take him a long way not only in baseball, but most importantly in life. The Riders family would like to congratulate Ian on his signing with Otero."

Ian currently has a 3.95 cumulative GPA at Campbell County High School in Gillette and will graduate this May. Ian is the son of Shane and Jo Durgin of Gillette.


JT 2012
JT Zigray/Jamestown College
JT Zigray- Miles Community College/Jamestown College

2011 Stats (MCC)- JT Zigray went 0-0 on the mound, with a 10.14 ERA. He threw 9.67 innings in 7 games, while starting 3 games. MCC finished 29-19-1 overall. MCC again won the MonDak Conference. They also won the Region IX Championship and advanced to the North Plains District Tournament.

2012 Stats (MCC)-JT appeared in 8 games, with 2 starts. He pitched 14.1 IP with 12 K, and a 5.65 ERA. He was 1-1, with 1save. MCC finished 36-17-1 on the season and 14-2 in the conference. The Pioneers were ranked as high as #15 in the nation and won their 7th consectutive RegionIX Championship. They also won their 12th consecutive Mon/Dak Conference Championship. They fell short of advancing to the NJCAA II World Series by losing out at the North Plains District Tournament.

Jamestown College
2013- REDSHIRT

2014 Jamestown College- JT went 1-0 on the season. He appeared in 2 games with 1 start, throwing 5 innings and has a 3.60 ERA. Jamestown College finished 35-10 on the year.) Misfortune struck JT as his season was cut short with an injury to his throwing arm.


Jarran Arbach/Otero JC
Riders senior outfielder Jarran Arbach has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO. Otero is a Division 1 Junior College and competes in the NJCAA Region IX District. Arbach made his decision in January after attending the college for a visit and tryout. Otero finished 30-26 last season and lost in the championship game of the Region IX tournament.

Coach Carillo on Arbach: "We are extremely excited about Jarran signing to play for us. He is a very good athlete who can swing it. We believe if Jarran brings a good work ethic day in and day out that he can be an impact player for us right away as a freshman. He is the type of student athlete that we are looking for. He works hard and is a high character kid with good a good GPA. We are excited about his future."

Arbach is a three-year starter for the Riders Varsity program. The centerfielder and lead-off hitter was a key piece to the Riders 2014 State Championship team. He hit .322 as a junior and .284 as a sophomore. He has led the team both years in stolen bases with 45 as a junior and 42 as a sophomore. He has also been amongst the team leaders each year in games played, runs scored, and on-base percentage.

Coach Perleberg on Arbach: "Jarran has truly made himself into the player that he is today due to his outstanding work ethic. He has been a very dedicated player and person in our program for many years. Jarran has been an off-season award winner in our program the last two years and spends a great deal of time working on his game. He is a great role-model for our program due to his character both on and off the field. Jarran's speed, athleticism, and work-ethic will turn him into a fine college player for the Rattlers and Coach Carillo. The Riders family would like to congratulate Jarran on his signing."

Jarran currently has a 3.8 cum GPA at Campbell County High School in Gillette and will graduate this May. Jarran is the son of Ray and Tanya Arbach of Gillette.


Lucas Rissler/Williston State
2015 Williston State 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/Williston State
2015 Williston State Stats

Hinkel TVCC
Westin Hinkel/Treasure Valley CC/Univ of Jamestown
2013/2014- Treasure Valley Community College

2013 Stats- TVCC finished 37-12 on the season and won the NWAAC East Region Championship. Westin had a great freshman season, hitting .301 in 34 games played. He had 34 hits, 3 doubles and 1 homerun with 19 RBI. He scored 14 runs, had 10 hit by pitches, and 5 stolen bases. He committed just 12 errors all season as the teams starting shortstop.

2014 Stats- Westin hit .241 in 39 games played with 15 runs, 15 RBI, 5 doubles, 2 homeruns, 7 BB, 9 HBP, and 3 SB. Treasure Valley finished 32-12 on the season and won the NWAAC East Region Championship for the 2nd straight year advancing to the NWAAC Championships.

2015- University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

2016- University of Jamestown


Zach Donahoo/Williston State College
2015 Williston State Stats

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