November 10, 2016

BY STEVE O'KEEFE
College Relations

CARTERVILLE--Several of John A. Logan College’s baseball players signed National Letters of Intent to play at some of the top Division 1 programs in the country this week. First year head baseball coach Kyle Surprenant could not be happier for this talented group.

“This is a big day for us and everyone associated with Logan Baseball: current players, alumni, parents, coaches and the staff at the College are excited and proud of the work that these guys have put in to be able to attain scholarships at the DI level,” said Suprenant. “We are looking forward to continued hard work and a successful spring season to send these guys out on top.”

In all eight players signed on to play D1 baseball at programs that nationally ranked and regular participants in the NCAA tournament.

Logan Kaletha will attend Indiana University next fall. An Honorable Mention All-American as a freshman he hit .379 with 11 HR, 12 doubles, 46 RBI and 60 runs scored with 26 stolen bases.

Zach Haake from Breese, Illinois will attend the University of Kentucky. Hake transferred to JALC from Arkansas State University. According to Suprenant Hakke had an outstanding fall campaign with a fastball that topped out over 90 MPH on several occasions.

Marshall Gilbert from Trevor, Wisconsin will attend Mississippi State University. Gilbert was a second team all American in 2016 after hitting .406 with 12 homeruns, 20 doubles, 67 RBIs, 60 runs scored, and a .759 slugging percentage. The Catcher also threw out 10 of 18 would be base stealers.

Dylan Givens from Paducah, Kentucky will attend the University of Louisiana Monroe. Gilbert transferred from SEMO after a redshirt season. According to Suprenant, Givens had a very good fall where he showed great command and ability to throw all pitches for strikes. Gilbert will have three years of eligibility at ULM.

Jerred Quartier from Anderson, Indiana will attend the University of Texas Grande Rio. Anderson went 6-2 last season with 58.1 innings pitched. He had 65 strikeouts and 23 walks throwing 4 complete games.

Colin Butkiewicz Greendale, Wisconsin will attend Western Kentucky University. Butkiewicz a switch hitting catcher that hit .293 with 2 home runs, 27 RBIs, 7 doubles, 28 runs scored He had a .994 fielding percentage behind the plate where he threw out 5 of 7 would be base stealers.

Pat McBride Hawesville, Kentucky will attend the University of South Alabama. McBride went 8-1 as a freshman with a 3.79 ERA, 54.2 innings pitched, with 31 strikeouts and only 19 walks, while only giving up 56 hits.

Trent Johnson from Peoria, Illinois will attend Tulane University. Johnson transferred to JALC from the University of Arizona after a redshirt season. The pitcher had a very good fall with a fastball in the low to mid 90’s. Johnson will have 3 years of eligibility at Tulane.