By Ray Hamill — It’s been a very productive offseason so far for College of the Redwoods baseball, with a staff of coaches determined to take advantage of a deep pool of local talent.
The Corsairs added two more local recruits last week, including one of the most improved players on the North Coast over the past couple of years, as well as a NorCal champion.
Eureka’s Richard Reeves and St. Bernard’s Jeran Ford both signed their letters of commitment at the school, joining a long list of recent local recruits, with head coach Andrew Aiello stressing the importance of adding as many H-DNL players as possible.
Both players were all-league honorable mentions as seniors.
Reeves played a key role at second base during the Loggers’ league championship campaign, and he was described by Eureka head coach Jeff Giacomini as the most improved player on his team this year.
“He’s a guy who’s really developed over his time in high school and we want to continue to build off that,” the CR coach said. “We’re excited to have him.”
Reeves will likely play second base and is expected to have an immediate impact at the collegiate level, with a big upside.
And thats’ not all Aiello likes about him.
“He’s another guy that plays baseball, likes competing and gets after it,” the head coach added.
Ford, meanwhile, brings a winning mentality after playing a pivotal role behind the plate all season for the NorCal champion Crusaders, who were recently named Humboldt Sports High School Team of the Year.
And Aiello also expects him to be college ready, especially in light of who he caught for all spring.
“He caught with (Nick) Dugan, so he has the ability to catch guys that have a higher velocity and good stuff, which is big for us,” the CR coach said.
Ford, who is playing for the Humboldt Eagles 19Us this summer, also can pitch and will likely see some time on the mound for the Corsairs.
Just as important, he will give the CR offense a big bat at the plate.
“He’s another guy we’re looking forward to seeing in our strength and conditioning program this fall and really develop in our program and be a big contributor hopefully right away,” Aiello said. “I know he’s a guy who loves to compete and those are the guys we’re looking for.”
Reeves and Ford join recent recruits Alex Gorge (Arcata), Cody Sauers (Fortuna) and Logan Maher (McKinleyville), as well as several returning local standouts, including Mason Nichols (Arcata), Joey Quen (Fortuna), Regan Nyberg (Fortuna), Alexander Sorenson (Eureka) and Conner Johnson (Eureka).