August 13, 2013-Head baseball coach Bob Fornelli has announced 15 players who will make up his 2014 recruiting class.
"We're excited about our recruiting class," said Fornelli. "These are some guys that have the chance to come in and make an immediate impact.
The class is made up of 11 recruits who were positional players and four who were recruited as pitchers.
"Position wise we will have a bunch of guys who will have the opportunity to come in start," Fornelli said. "We did not recruit many pitchers, but we have guys returning who combined for over 300 innings. We think we have a chance to get back to where we want to be."
The 2014 recruiting class is also heavy in regards to players coming into the program with junior college experience, ten of the 15 recruits will be joining Emporia State after playing at the junior college level last season.
"We got some good young players and we are really excited about the junior college guys. It will be a good class and I think we got the right kind of kids who love baseball and will work hard," Fornelli said.
Third baseman Dean Long from Lebanon, Mo. by way of Kansas City, Kan. CC should get the chance to make a significant impact. He was an All-Jayhawk Conference performer for KCKCC last season. He hit .360 with 44 RBI and 35 runs scored for the Blue Devils as a freshman. He was an all-conference and all-district performer for Lebanon HS. He has also had a good summer playing with the Clarinda (Iowa) A's and was named to the National Baseball Congress (NBC) 2013 World Series All-American Team. He hit .579 in four World Series games with two doubles and four RBIs. This performance followed his stellar regular season numbers with Clarinda that included a .352 batting average, 38 runs scored and 34 RBI.
The class has three players from Coffeyville Community College. Jarrod Miller is a left handed pitcher who had a 9-3 record with Ravens. Outfielder Zack Stucky hit .335 with 40 RBI and Jordan Hodges hit .308 with 17 stolen bases as an infielder for Coffeyville in 2013.
Tory Bell, a catcher, hit .300 with 23 RBI and Levi Parker hit .321 with 49 runs scored for Butler Community College.
Justin Harris and Mason Fischer are both junior college outfielders. Harris hit .329 with 41 stolen bases for the Hutchinson Blue Dragons while Fischer hit .316 with 33 RBI for the Garden City Broncbusters in 2013.
Rounding out the list of junior college recruits are infielder Aaron Gile and pitcher Conner Sjolander. Gile hit .373 with 18 extra base hits for the Barton Cougars and Sjolander struck out 27 batters over 36.2 innings pitched for Green River Community College.
Outfielder Price Jacobs is a transfer from the University of Houston where he started 53 games as a freshman and sophomore. He was an all-state outfielder for Goose Creek Memorial HS in Baytown,Texas.
Right handed pitchers Matt Giller from Manhattan HS and Jacob Tetuan of Topeka Hayden HS, outfielder Johnny Hodges from DeSoto HS and catcher Easton Herring of Pratt HS are the four freshmen from Kansas High Schools that complete the class.
The Hornets were 27-22 last season with a 24-18 record in MIAA play. Emporia State has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last ten years.
Emporia State Hornet 2014 Baseball Class
Name Hometown/Previous School
Tory Bell C Andover, Kan./Butler CC
Mason Fischer OF Cozad, Neb./ Garden City CC
Aaron Gile INF Lawrence, Kan./Barton CC
Matt Giller RHP Manhattan, Kan./ Manhattan HS
Justin Harris OF Tulsa, Okla./ Hucthinson CC
Easton Herring C Pratt, Kan./Pratt HS
Johnny Hodges OF Desoto, Kan./ DeSoto HS
Jordan Hodges INF Las Vegas, Nev./ Coffeyville CC
Price Jacobs OF Baytown, Texas/Houston
Dean Long 3B Lebanon, Mo./Kansas City, Kan. CC
Jarrod Miller LHP Olathe, Kan./Coffeyville CC
Levi Parker 2B El Dorado, Kan./Butler CC
Conner Sjolander RHP Liberty Wash./Green River CC
Zach Stucky OF Wichita, Kan./Coffeyville CC
Jacob Tetuan RHP Topeka, Kan./Hayden HS