Gresham, OR — In the most recent addition to the GreyWolves roster; two valuable arms from Washington State, and one Infielder from Sacramento State look to make an immediate impact in Gresham.
Kevin Calderhead (Right-Handed Pitcher) – Sophomore – Washington State
The first of the Cougar arms hails from Redmond Washington, and made an immediate impact for the Cougs as a freshman last spring. Calderhead appeared in 13 games…posted an 0-1 record with a 3.48 ERA…recorded 10 strikeouts and held hitters to a .162 batting average in 10.1 innings of work…made his collegiate debut at Texas State (Feb. 20)…recorded first career strikeout against Houston Baptist (Feb. 28) at the Al Olgetree Classic in Edinburg, Texas…worked a scoreless inning against Utah Valley (March 3)…struck out two in a scoreless inning against Northeastern (March 13)…had two strikeouts against Arizona State (March 31)…fired two scoreless innings against Gonzaga (May 17) in Pasco, Wash. He looks to be an exciting addition to the GreyWolves bullpen in 2017 “We’re excited to start the important connection with Washington State; Kevin is going to be a great addition to our bullpen, with two years at the division-one level coming into the summer, he’s going to be a huge asset to the pitching staff”.
Ryan Ward (Right-Handed Pitcher) – Sophomore – Washington State
The second pitcher sent over from Pullman normally resides in Hood River, about an hour drive east of Gresham. Ward is also one of the most decorated high school pitchers to come out of the state in the past 10 years. In his freshman season at Washington State he appeared in 12 games, making 11 starts…he went 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA…recorded 35 strikeouts in 33.2 innings…in his collegiate debut, he started, struck out six, allowed four earned runs on four hits in 3.1 innings at Texas State (Feb. 22)…earned first career win, struck out eight, allowed one earned run on four hits in five innings against Utah Valley (March 4)…recorded four strikeouts in 3.2 innings against Northeastern (March 11)…struck out four and allowed one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings at Stanford (March 24)…struck out four, allowed one earned run on one hit in 4.1 innings at Arizona (April 9). As a high schooler Ryan attended Hood River Valley High School…he was a three-year letterwinner for coach Erich Harjo…as a sophomore, Ward earned All-Columbia River Conference second team honors after posting a 7-2 record with a 2.01 ERA…as a junior, he was named first-team All-State after striking out 106 batters and posting a 1.12 ERA in 75 innings…Hood River was state runner-up…Ryan served as starting pitcher in four of the five playoff games and picked up the save in the game he didn’t start…He also pitched in Palouse Summer Series, where he was named Pitcher of the Tournament…as a senior, he was named Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year by The Oregonian/OregonLive after going 9-1 with 119 strikeouts and a 0.68 ERA in 72 innings pitched…led Hood River Valley to the 5A State title…surrendered just 16 walks…threw three shutouts in the playoffs…ended senior season with 64 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run…only allowed seven earned runs during the season, all came in one game against a team in Arizona…did not allow an earned run to a team from Oregon…struck out a season-high 17 in a no-hitter against Dallas High School…struck out 10 and allowed two hits in state championship win…also produced a .423 batting average. Coach Barchus has previously coached Ward during his summer with the Capital City 18U team “Ryan is the ultimate competitor on the mound, he wants the ball in any situation, and I look forward to coaching him again. His previous experience in the Pac 12, along with his previous WCL experience will set him up for a great summer”. Ward spent the 2016 summer with the Bend Elks of the WCL.
Alec De Watteville (Infielder) – Redshirt Senior – Sacramento State
The GreyWolves look to get a boat-load of experience, and talent on the left side of the infield with Alec De Watteville this summer. He started his career at San Jose State, where he played freshman and sophomore seasons for coach Dave Nakama…He was the opening day starter for the Spartans as a true freshman…Played in 54 games with 53 starts as a freshman in 2014…Hit .245 in 188 at-bats with eight doubles, one triple and one home run…Had 21 RBIs and scored 18 runs…Had 13 multi-hit games…Went 4-for-11 (.364) with a double and a run at the Mountain West Championship…He then played in 39 games with 29 starts as a sophomore in 2015…Hit .195 with 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored…Had seven multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games. He then transferred and played his junior season for Coach Jay Sullenger at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif…Playing in 55 games with 54 starts…He hit .323 with a team-high 13 home runs and 62 RBIs…Posted a .381 on-base percentage and .572 slugging percentage with seven stolen bases…Named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week…Reached base safely in 15 straight games from March 4th-April 1st…Also hitting two homeruns in a win against The Master’s. Coach Barchus thinks he will bring an immediate impact offensively, and provide leadership defensively “To have a guy that has started at multiple levels of college baseball, and had success at every level is encouraging. Having a player with the ability to play multiple defensive positions in your infield, and has the offensive ability to hit in the 3-4 spot doesn’t come around that often. He’s going to be fresh coming into the summer, and eager to get back between the lines”. Alec is currently red-shirting this season at Sacramento State because of transfer rules.
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