Arroyo Grande High will have two seniors sign national letters of intent next week to play college baseball at the Division I level.
Eagles infielder and pitcher Kyle Raubinger will sign with Loyola Marymount, while pitcher Colton Haynes will sign with Cal Poly, at the school Wednesday.
“It’s good for our program as well as it’s good for them,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Lachemann said. “It gives (upcoming) kids a chance to see that hard work pays off for those who stay after it.”
Raubinger earned PAC 7 Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior and was also named to the all-CIF Southern Section Division 2 second team and the all-San Luis Obispo County first team.
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This past August, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Raubinger competed at the Area Code Games, a prestigious national showcase in Long Beach, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers’ blue squad. The annual event brings out hundreds of college and professional scouts.
“It’s really exciting,” Raubinger said of his future. “Not many people get this opportunity.”
Loyola Marymount is projecting him more as a position player for the time being, Raubinger said, but he would certainly pitch if need be.
“I’m just going to do what I need to do for (this high school season),” Raubinger said, “and then start working toward college and hopefully the draft. I’m going to do everything I can next season to get better every day.”
Last year, Raubinger batted .417 with 30 RBI and five home runs, and also compiled a 1.78 ERA through 59 innings on the mound.
“If he’s not playing baseball, he’s not awake,” Lachemann said of Raubinger’s work ethic. “He’s good enough to be a Division I college player right now.”
Haynes, a 6-4, 185-pounder who’s still relatively new to pitching, had a 5.37 ERA in 282⁄3 innings as a junior, collecting 24 strikeouts.
Haynes has also spent time with the California Wahoos offseason club, which is meant to help provide college-recruiting exposure for Central Coast players. His pitches have recently been clocked at just under 90 mph.
“From a fitness standpoint, he’s been working hard, and he’s built like a brick,” Lachemann said of Haynes, whom he said has a 4.0 grade-point average. “Colton’s got a huge upside.”
Orange Cove 47, Coast Union 3
The Titans (7-3), a perennial East Sierra League contender, routed the Broncos (3-7) in the Wednesday game.
Coast Union was led by Andy Gordon, who rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries, and Sam Rivera, who had 84 yards on 10 carries.
Omar Catalan kicked a 41-yard field goal to provide the scoring for the Broncos.
— Tribune staff contributed to this report