Seven Sign to Join Tornado Baseball in 2013

Seven Sign to Join Tornado Baseball in 2013
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It is with great please and excitement that King College Baseball announces the signing of seven student-athletes that will play for the Tornado in 2013. Head Coach Blaine Brown released the signing of four infielders, two outfielders and a right-handed pitcher during the early signing period.

The seven signees, listed below, will join King for the 2012-13 academic year and play for the Tornado in 2013. This is Brown's first signing class since being named head coach of the team last June.

"We are excited to sign seven quality guys early," said Head Coach Blaine Brown. "These young men help fill some of our team's needs for next year with the departure of 11 seniors. They all have had success in the past and will bring a winning attitude with them to help us build onto King Baseball's great tradition."

Brown continued, "I cannot say enough about the relentless work my staff has put into putting this class together.Recruiting coordinator Luke Howard has done an outstanding job putting this class together and coaches Jake Cockerham and George Laoo have been grinding it out along with him. Their tireless work is appreciated so much as they have the same vision of building a program to compete at the national level."

The Tornado will embark on their first season as a member of Conference Carolinas following a season they finished 28-25 overall and advanced to the 2011 NCCAA World Series Semifinal. Their 28 victories marked the sixth straight season with at least that many wins. King advanced to the World Series after winning the Mideast regional title. The team also housed a NCCAA All-American in graduated senior Steven Mueller and NCCAA All-Tournament Team selection in current sophomore Reiss Stanley.

King will begin the 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 4 with a doubleheader against Georgia College (Milledgeville, Ga.) at John Kurtz Field. The Bobcats and Tornado will end the series on Sunday with a single game on Feb. 5. King's first home action will be on Feb. 18 in a twin bill against Salem International.


Infield/RHP  |  Height: 6-3  |  Weight: 220  |  B/T: L/L
Stafford, Va.  |  North Stafford High School 

Brown on Geoffrey Cieslewitz: "Geoffrey is a very physical kid who can help us on the mound and in the field.  He hits for power to all fields.  Geoffrey comes from a great high school program where he is used to winning.  He was all-state as a junior and we all expect him to have an even better senior year."


Infield/RHP  |  Height: 5-11  |  Weight: 180  |  B/T: R/R
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico  |  Kaskaskia Junior College (Centralia, Ill.)

Brown on Jose Sola: "Jose is a tremendous athlete.  He has the potential to come in and help us in the infield and on the mound.  Jose is so athletic and versatile, he can play anywhere. We are ecstatic to have Jose be a part of the Tornado baseball family."


Infield  |  Height: 6-0  |  Weight: 215  |  B/T: L/R
Stone Creek, Ontario  |  Kaskaskia Junior College (Centralia, Ill.)

Brown on Steven Todoschuk: "Steven comes off a great freshman year and has only gotten better. He is a kid who finds barrels consistently.  He can play multiple infield spots and wants to win. Steven comes from great junior college and is used to success.  He will be great asset to our ball club."


Outfield  |  Height: 5-10  |  Weight: 165  |  B/T: L/R
Cape Girardeau, Mo.  |  Parkland Junior College (Champaign, Ill.)

Brown on Jake Pewitt: "Jake comes from a great program and is used to winning. He is a plus runner and has a chance to steal a ton of bags.  Defensively, he can go and get it.  Jake is a great fit for our program."


Outfield  |  Height: 6-0  |  Weight: 180  |  B/T: L/R
Crystal Lake, Ill.  |  Parkland Junior College (Champaign, Ill.)

Brown on Tom Hooker: "Tom also comes from a great program.  He is a plus runner who knows how to steal bags.  Tom will go and get it in the outfield.  Not only is he great on the field, but he is also great in the classroom.  He is a great addition for our team and King College."


Infield  |  Height: 6-3  |  Weight: 205  |  B/T: R/R
Farmersville, Ill.  |  Parkland Junior College (Champaign, Ill.)

Brown on Landon Wietekamp: "Landon is an excellent defender.  He can make all the routine plays along with the great ones.  Landon has a smooth stroke at the plate.  He is a very mature young man who will bring leadership right away to our squad. We can't wait to get him to campus."


RHP  |  Height: 6-4  |  Weight: 200  |  B/T: R/R
Crystal Lake, Ill.  |  Parkland Junior College (Champaign, Ill.)

Brown on Mark Hode: "Mark is a long, lanky pitcher whose stuff will come in compete for innings right away.  He throws on a downward plane with his FB with plus secondary stuff.  He is a great sign early to continue to build our pitching staff to compete in our conference.

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