The Patriot Baseball staff has been busy trying to find guys to replace the holes lost by graduation from a squad that went 32-25 last year. Three recent California juco transfers signed NAIA letter of intents to join the Bat Pat's next year. SC has had recent success with players from the Golden State with seven players from the state on last years roster.
"Terry Davis has done a great job finding talent from across the country," noted Patriot mentor Luther Bramblett. "We have to continue to bring in quality transfers to compete in our league and nationally."
Two of the signee's hail from Santa Ana College, who went 33-9 last year in the tough Orange Empire Conference. Right handed pitcher Bruce Tolliver went 4-1 for the Dons in 46 innings. He tallied 44 K's and had a 3.88 ERA. Infielder Adrian Garcia batted .284 last year in the middle of the Dons lineup. He knocked in 14 and scored 22 times.
"Both of these kids played in a great conference, one of the best - if not the best in California," said Bramblett. "They are battle tested and played great competition which will make them impact guys on our squad."
Another Orange Empire Conference opponent Eddie Rivera inked with the Pat's. The righty went 1-5 out of the Hornets pen in 16 appearances. He tossed 25 innings and punched out 26 for 9.36 K's per game. The Hornets finished with a 13-22-1 record.
"Rivera will bring great expierence and depth to our staff. He tossed some big innings in that conference and competes very well. We are very excited to bring all three of these kids into our program. They are all competitors, experienced players and quality kids off the field."
The staff still looking to fill remaining holes after the departure of 10 seniors. "We still have several offers out and are trying to bring in quality athletes to bolster our roster."
Bruce Tolliver - RHP - Santa Ana College Dons
Adrian Garcia - Infielder - Santa Ana College Dons
Eddie Rivera - RHP - Fullerton College Hornets (photo by Matt Brown)