NCAA Early Signing Period Brings In Nine For Wildcat Baseball Program

WAYNE – With the 2020 collegiate baseball season right around the corner, the Wayne State College baseball team has made some additions to their recruiting class.

According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics Office, coach Alex Koch announced the signings of nine student-athletes during the NCAA early signing period who have signed national letters of intent to attend Wayne State College and play baseball for the Wildcats in the 2020-21 academic year.

The nine recruits include – Hayden Ambuehl of Black Forest, Colorado, Nathan Anderson from Bondurant, Iowa, Nick Barnett of Papillion, Ty Beckwith from Elkhorn, Nolan Belt of Emerson, Kaleb Holm from Ralston, Eric Standish of Gretna, Hunter Washburn from Ashland and Joshua Yelick of Elkhorn.

Hayden Ambuehl is a 5’ 11” shortstop/second baseman from Lewis-Palmer HS in Colorado where he is a three-year starter in baseball. Last spring, he earned All-Pikes Peak Athletic Conference honors hitting .312 while leading the league in stolen bases (14) and runs scored while posting a .972 fielding percentage.

Nathan Anderson is a 6’ 4” right-handed pitcher from Bondurant-Farrar High School in Iowa, starting three years in baseball and two in basketball. As a junior, Anderson was 4-2 in 10 games with seven starts and a 2.73 ERA with 64 strikeouts in just 43 2/3 innings of work that included a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts. Anderson was a Raccoon River Conference honorable mention selection in 2019.

Nick Barnett is a 6’ 4” outfielder/first baseman from Papillion-LaVista High School where he is a two-year starter in baseball and basketball. He helped his summer American Legion team reach the state tournament hitting .379 with 11 homers, 54 RBI and 56 hits and excels in the classroom with Academic All-State honors in basketball.

Ty Beckwith is a 5’ 11” shortstop/second baseman from Elkhorn South High School, starting two years in baseball. He helped Elkhorn South to a 20-5 record last spring and a berth in the Class A State Tournament and earned Academic All-State honors. Beckwith hit .321 in his junior season and had just one fielding error.

Nolan Belt is a 6’ 2” right-handed pitcher from Emerson-Hubbard High School where he is a three sport standout in football, basketball and track and field while playing American Legion ball in the summer at Wakefield. He was a two-time All-District selection in football and closed his high school career with numerous school records that include 51 TD’s, 3,990 total yards and 14 interceptions. Belt was an All-State honorable mention selection in football and basketball and averaged 14.8 points and nine rebounds a game as a junior.

Kaleb Holm is a 6’ 2” outfielder/pitcher from Ralston High School where he is a multi-sport standout in baseball and tennis. Last spring, Holm earned All-River City Conference and Class B Honorable Mention All-State honors after hitting .459 with a school record 39 hits and 30 runs scored. In American Legion ball over the summer, posted a 4-1 pitching record with a 3.16 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.

Eric Standish is a 6’ 4” first baseman from Millard West High School where he has started two years in baseball. Last spring, Standish helped Millard West to a Class A state title batting .326 with 28 hits and 24 runs scored, ranking second on the team. He was a Class A All-State Honorable Mention selection and ranked the 15th best player in Nebraska according to Prep Baseball Report.

Hunter Washburn is a 5’ 9” utility player from Ashland-Greenwood High School where he is a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball. He is a two-time All-District selection in football and holds school records for career passing yards, completions and TD passes. In baseball last spring, Washburn had a 15-game hit streak and is the school record holder for hits, batting average and stolen bases while helping his team to a district runner up finish. He was a First Team All-Nebraska Capital Conference selection in baseball and Class B All-State Honorable Mention.

Josh Yelick is a 6’ 0” right-handed pitcher from Elkhorn South High School where he is a two-year starter, helping the Storm reach the Class A State Tournament with a 20-5 record last spring.

The Wayne State College baseball team finished the 2019 season at 32-18 overall and fifth place in the NSIC with a 23-12 league mark and graduated five seniors from last year’s team.