Gresham, OR — This week we’re excited to announce three more impact players for the upcoming season of Gresham GreyWolves baseball! Make sure you get your season tickets early, so you don’t miss these players in action starting June 1st!
Jackson Overlund (Outfielder) – Junior – Utah Valley State
Overlund is a name that you are more than likely going to see pretty high on the lineup card this upcoming summer in Gresham. Jackson has made a huge impact hitting in the 3-4 spots for Utah Valley this spring; hitting .293 with seven doubles, a home run, and he’s 3-3 in stolen base attempts. Previous to this spring Jackson attended Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona … where he batted .347 with nine home runs, 16 doubles, three triples, 44 RBIs and 13 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2016 … he also hit .306 with three home runs, 16 doubles and 13 steals as a freshman in 2015 … Overlund prepped at Forest Hills Central in Forest Hills, Michigan … batted .445 as a senior … team captain for two years … two-time All-Conference performer … also played hockey. Coach Barchus is excited for Overlund’s talents to be on display this summer “It’s rare that you get a guy that hits in the clean-up spot at the D-1 level, and can also steal bases. He plays centerfield for Utah Valley, so it’s pretty obvious Jackson is a rare talent. We’re looking forward to the leadership, experience, and ability that he provides this summer”.
Justin Wakem (Catcher) – Redshirt Sophomore – Western Oregon
Another experienced WCL catcher will be heading to Gresham this summer, and one that Coach Barchus is very familiar with. Justin Wakem played for the Klamath Falls Gems briefly, before breaking his hand, and competed last year with the Cowlitz Black Bears of the WCL. Coach Barchus is very familiar with Justin, having coached him at the 18U travel level, as well as with the Gems in the WCL. “One thing you need in a wood bat league is great catching, and you need more than just one guy. Justin is one of the best teammates, and hardest workers I’ve ever coached, and he’s becoming a very good college baseball player on top of that. It’s not easy to be the full-time catcher as a Sophomore at a school like Western Oregon, I think that tells you a lot about what his coaches and teammates think about him”. Justin was a graduate of Beaverton High School…Where he lettered three years in baseball…Received second team all-state utility honors as a senior…Honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore…First team all-league utility honors as a senior…Honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore…Participated in the Oregon 6A/5A North/South All-Star Series…Also lettered in football and wrestling…In wrestling, Wakem was a three-time state qualifier…Received second team all-league and honorable mention all-league in wrestling. Justin is currently batting .455, with only one strikeout in 22 AB’s for the Wolves.
Bryce Feist (Infielder) – Redshirt-Sophomore – Dixie State
Gresham is excited to continue its connection with Dixie State this summer, and the talent level won’t drop one ounce from last year when Bryce Feist steps onto Oslund Field. Bryce brings an uber-athletic offensive minded infielder that can play multiple positions very well. His freshman season at Dixie State Feist started in 21 of 31 games played and batted .243 with two home runs 16 RBI and 17 runs scored … he drove in a career-high four RBI, including a three-run HR, as part of a 2-for-5 day in a win at Holy Names (3/19) … and finished with four two-hit games on the season. In high school Bryce earned three varsity letters in baseball and was a two-time first team all-state selection … helped lead the Grizzlies to a 2012 Idaho state championship and was named 2012 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. This spring Bryce is one of Dixie State’s most reliable players; having started 15 games, and playing in 18. He’s currently batting .386 with three doubles, a home run, 17 runs scored, and 11 RBI’s. He’s also been incredible on the left side of the infield, converting on 46 of 47 defensive opportunities so far, giving him a .979 fielding percentage. Coach Barchus is eager to put Bryce’s skill set to use “Dixie State teaches their guys to play the game the right way, and to play extremely hard. Bryce is going to provide us with a guy who gets on base, and a guy that can be a reliable left side infielder. He’s going to come into the summer with 150 AB’s, so he’ll be a player that I know I can count on to be dialed in on day 1”. Dixie State is currently 14-4 on the season.