- Tiger baseball adds four recruits March 6, 2014
MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team is ready to get its season in full swing this week with the start of its annual spring break trip in Tucson, Ariz., and head coach Steve Gust kicked off the week by announcing four new recruits for 2015.
Clayton Newman, Cole Petersen and Dylanger Pierson will all be freshmen for the Tigers in 2015, and Ryan Yackley will be a junior this coming season. Gust’s latest recruits bring his total up to seven for 2015.
Yackley is a right-handed pitcher from Onida, S.D., who has two years of junior college baseball under his belt. He recorded the most strikeouts on his summer team for Indian Hills Community College and recorded a team-best 10-1 record. Yackley, who attended Sully Buttes High School as a freshman and sophomore and Mitchell High School his junior and senior seasons, played American Legion baseball for Pierre Post 8 from 2007 to 2009, and also played AAU baseball for the Sioux Falls Cyclones.
He batted .392 with 13 home runs and a 2.2 ERA in high school, and had the most home runs (9) and strikeouts (61) for the Cyclones. Yackley also played basketball and football, and was part of the Kernels’ Class AA runner-up team his senior season. He earned all-conference honors as a senior, and led the team in steals and assists. He earned Class B All-Tournament honors for Sully Buttes as a sophomore, and earned all-conference accolades as an eighth-grader and a freshman.
“Ryan is a great sign for us,” Gust said. “He was a tremendous high school athlete and has added experience through the junior college route, and we feel like Dakota Wesleyan is the place he belongs. He will help solidify our staff right away next year.”
Pierson is a Mitchell native who plays first base and pitches for the Mitchell high school team and the Post 18 Legion team. He batted .240 with 10 RBIs in the 2013 high school season and .346 with 32 RBIs during the Legion season. He had an ERA of 3.1 in the spring and 3.0 in the summer. Pierson was part of the 2013 Post 18 regional championship team, and earned the “Big Stick Award” at the 2013 Legion state tournament after batting .692. He also participated in football and track.
“We are thrilled to sign a local kid with lots of potential,” Gust said. “Dylanger has a huge upside as a hitter, and he can be a dynamic player with further development and a lot of hard work.”
Newman comes to DWU from Colorado Springs, Colo. The second baseman played high school baseball for Cheyenne Mountain High School, and also played Legion baseball for seven seasons.
“Clayton has a lot of passion for the game, and now for Tiger baseball,” Gust said. “DWU is a great fit for him both from an athletic and academic standpoint. We really like what we saw from him on his visit. He is a quality student-athlete.”
Petersen is a left-handed pitcher from Glencoe, Minn. He earned two varsity letters at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, and recorded a 0.64 ERA in 22 innings pitched as a junior and went 2-1. He earned all-conference honorable mention despite dealing with an injury all season, and was part of the 2012 Plate Legion state championship team. Petersen also lettered in basketball and cross country, and was a member of the honor roll ever trimester in high school.
“Cole gives us another left-handed pitcher with unlimited potential,” Gust said. “He has the potential to be a difference-maker on the mound. As he matures and develops, we look for him to do special things.”
Dakota Wesleyan starts its spring break trip Thursday, March 6 when it takes on Kansas Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. in a makeup game for earlier this spring. The Tigers take on Indiana Wesleyan University in an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.