Local talent highlights roster for North County team

Summer collegiate baseball club announces roster with 22 locals

sports@thetribunenews.comMay 27, 2013 

The North County Indians announced their roster Monday, and fans of the summer collegiate baseball team will have plenty of familiar faces to cheer for.

Twenty-two players on the roster have local ties, and six incoming Cal Poly freshmen dot the roster, according to a news release.

“Our coach, Dan Marple, has done a terrific job in putting together this year’s team,” Indians General Manager Kevin Haughian said in the release. “Our No. 1 goal is to feature and develop local talent, and that goal has been accomplished with this roster. At the same time, we feel that we have enough talent to compete against all of our 2013 opponents.”

Incoming Cal Poly pitchers Cameron Cotton, Brett Clark, Slater Lee and Nick Suniga will be joined on the Indians by incoming Mustangs outfielder Kevin Morgan and infielder Alec Smith.

“Brian Mundell and Casey Bloomquist both enjoyed a terrific freshman year at Poly following their 2012 summer with the Indians,” Marple said in the release. “We are very hopeful that our six new Mustangs will follow in their footsteps.”

San Luis Obispo High will be represented by several former standouts or soon-to-graduate players: R.J. Hassey, Sinjin Todd, Connor O’Hare, Garrett Giovannelli, Davey Casciola, Marco Murillo, Jordan Goldsmith and Louie Carlos.

Former Paso Robles High players Jason Serda and Mac Stuart, former Atascadero High players Bryce Cherry, Brent Poulin, Spencer Ruggles, Scott Kaul and Bryan Kirkpatrick, and former Templeton High players Tyler Kollman, Michael Frigon and Evan Peterson will combine to give the Indians a strong base of North County talent.

Arroyo Grande pitcher Kyle Brown, former Cal Poly pitcher Matt Jeckell and current Cal Poly student Nick Rosen also are invited to join the Indians, according to the release.

Competing as an independent, the Indians went 24-7 in 2012.

The Indians open their season against the San Luis Obispo Blues (4-0) at 6 p.m. Friday. The Indians’ home opener is set for 6 p.m. June 7 against Salinas at Vineyard Athletic Park in Templeton.

The Indians are slated to visit the Santa Barbara Foresters at 5 p.m. June 4.

The Indians are scheduled to play 28 straight home games between June 7 and July 21.

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