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Clovis East mixing and matching the right pieces for 2021 campaign

Program Information

D1 Section Titles: 0

Twitter Handle: @ClovisEastBB

2020 record: 4-4

Coach Information

Head Coach: Ryan Smith

Record at School: 34-31 (4th year)

Key Departures:

Sr. Tyler Parker, LHP/1B

  • (Fresno Pacific)

Sr. Giovanni Helmuth, RHP

  • (Fresno Pacific)

Sr. Elijah Acosta, RHP

Sr. Elias Mart, SS

Sr. AJ Hodgerney, OF

Sr. Josh Sue, C/1B

Key Returners:

Sr. Blake Bolton, SS

  • Though he would have been one of the biggest returning pieces for the Timberwolves, Bolton was unfortunately lost for the season when he suffered a torn ACL. From head coach Ryan Smith: “His first question after he told me about his injury was, ‘How can I help us win?’. He has an unwavering commitment to our program and will be an asset someway, somehow.”

Sr. Nick Frey, Catcher

  • Frey has earned respect from his teammates over the years. His work ethic is unmatched, according to coaches. He is somewhat new to the position, but is learning quick and willing to do whatever it takes. Coach Smith told a story about he caught games two summers ago with a fracture in his knee and didn’t tell anyone.

Sr. Tomas Canales, 1B/RHP

  • One of the proven leaders on the team. If he can stay healthy he could be in line to be the closer. Canales will most likely hit in the middle of the lineup.

Sr. Alex Haider, OF

  • Haider can fly around and little will fall in the outfield when he’s out there. He will hit at the top of the lineup and will be a key piece in making the offense click.

Sr. Vance Hamzy, OF

  • Vance is very steady as a player. More often than not he will turn in quality at-bats and makes the routine plays.

Sr. Caiden Duff, RHP

  • Duff has been in the program for multiple years now and has great command of all pitches. He’s continued to physically mature his body in the offseason. He projects to be one of the starters for the Timberwolves and he will be relied upon to pitch deep into games.

Newcomers to watch:

Jr. Dax Bolton, Catcher

  • Juniors being leaders is somewhat uncommon, but it’s something that Bolton has impressed coaches with. Bolton loves everything that comes with being a catcher and has a high baseball IQ.

Jr. Alex Righetti, 1B

  • Righetti has soft hands and smooth glove at first base. His bat will keep him in the lineup where he can showcase his power ability.

Jr. Paul Martinez, 2B

  • Coaches love the potential of Martinez, but experience isn’t on his side. He will be competing for innings up the middle.

Jr. Javen Rodriguez, SS

  • Another player on the infield with a lack of experience who is forced to grow up quick. He’s shown the ability to be a quick learner who isn’t scared to take chances.

Sr. Luis Lopez, 3B

  • Will see chances at third-base this year and has some thump in his bat.

Sr. Josh Halvorson, 3B/Utility

  • A player who is good anywhere on the diamond.

Jr. George Sorondo, 3B

  • Can hit and continuously working on his glove. He will have opportunities.

Sr. Landon Pendergras, OF

  • Big arm and big bat. His ability to hit for power will make him a factor in gaining playing time.

Jr. John Gaeta, OF

  • Coaches have praised his ability on defense along with his fundamental approach at the plate. Will definitely be in the mix for regular playing time when TRAC play rolls around.

Jr. Jacob Crain, RHP

  • Has the tools to be a competitive TRAC pitcher, but no varsity experience creates some questions. Crain has a loose arm with great off-speed stuff.

Jr. Cruz Cabral, RHP

  • Has shown a very good fastball early on with some serious bite in his curveball. Cabral has the stuff to be a starter in the TRAC if he puts it all together.

Jr. Tre Williams, RHP

  • Possible starter or closer because of his willingness to throw multiple times per week.

The bottom line: We’ve got to be real. Maybe more-so than any other TRAC team, the loss of the 2020 season hit the Timberwolves hard. East had a great group of core seniors who were primed to make noise in league play. Fast forward to this season and you’ll find many new names throughout the lineup. We know that Ryan Smith teams will play the game the right way, but it will also be up to how fast this inexperienced group can grow up. There’s solid talent throughout the program who continues to see growth in the area. Come playoff time, look for Clovis East to be playing to what their ceiling is.

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