EUREKA – Eureka baseball coach Jerry Rashid announced the addition of 10 players to the program on Friday.
Six are freshmen and four are transfers. Nine are in-state talents, while one comes from Bigelow, Arkansas. They'll join a roster that gained a lot of experience this spring. The Red Devils only graduated four players in May and are set to return at least 20.
"We're very excited about the incoming group of baseball players," Rashid said. "They'll help our long-range plans and our goal of being a competitive program year in and year out."
Rashid expects to announce the addition of several more recruits later this summer.
The Class of 2021-22 includes:
Braden Cox (SO, IF/C, 6-4, 230, Criminal Justice, Washington, Ill., Illini Bluffs/Black Hawk College)
Our first baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Braden Cox.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 6-4 infielder/catcher and transfer from Black Hawk College, Braden received all-conference honors from the Inter County Athletic and Tomahawk conferences three straight years at Illini Bluffs. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/D5DugkOxLi
Mason DeFore (SO, IF/OF, 5-10, 180, Education, Mendota, Ill., Mendota H.S./IVCC)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Mason Defore.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 5-10 sophomore transfer from Illinois Valley Community College, Mason was an infielder/outfielder and received All-Big Northern Honorable Mention in football at Mendota. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/2wiqSVHcD5
Ethan Hedge (FR, IF, 5-10, 180, History Education, North Pekin, Ill., Pekin H.S.)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Ethan Hedge.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 5-10 infielder from North Pekin, Ethan was a starter for the Pekin Dragons this past season and an Honors Student. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/tsjVECJumV
David Hidden (FR, IF/P, 5-5, 155, Kinesiology, East Peoria, Ill., East Peoria H.S.)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is David Hidden.
A 5-5 infielder/pitcher from East Peoria, David batted .361 with a .496 on-base percentage, was a First Team All-Mid-Illini selection and helped the Raiders capture a regional title in 2021. #MeetTheRedDevils <a href="https://t.co/6RJAI8VIO
Ty Kapp (FR, OF, 6-2, 180, Sports Management, Trenton, Ill., Tri-Valley H.S.)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Ty Kapp.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 6-2 freshman from Trenton, Ty was an outfielder and he stole 29 bases for Tri-Valley High School this spring. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/GuF9UbkqfR
Lane Marlow (SR, IF/OF, 5-10, 190, Business Administration, Camp Point, Ill., Camp Point Central H.S./Roosevelt)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Lane Marlow.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 5-9 senior transfer from Roosevelt, Lane was a two-time All-WIVC and a two-time regional champion at Camp Point Central and he batted .387 his senior year. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/tidpvRGtiq
Kaleb Newton (FR, IF, 6-1, 215, Undecided, Bigelow, Ark., Bigelow H.S.)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Kaleb Newton.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 6-1 freshman infielder from Bigelow, Arkansas, Kaleb batted .475 in the regular season with 5 home runs, was an all-conference selection and was his district's Offensive Player of the Year. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/vvlgKqeIVM
Michael Oswald (FR, P, 5-11, 165, Business Administration, Clinton, Ill., Clinton H.S.)
Nick Rulevish (FR, P/IF, 5-10, 145, Biology, Addieville, Ill., Okawville H.S.)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Nick Rulevish.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 5-10 freshman from Addieville, Nick was pitcher, infielder and Honors Student at Okawville, and he helped the Rockets win a regional championship his senior year. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/vB74lJ05XR
Demetrius Schupp (FR, C, 5-8, 195, Education, Tonica, Ill., St. Bede Academy/IVCC)
Our next baseball recruit of 2021-22 is Demetrius Schupp.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 18, 2021
A 5-8 catcher and transfer from Tonica, Demetrius was a two-year member of the baseball team and an Honors Student at IVCC, and he previously helped St. Bede Academy win a regional championship. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/utrJmMwVxG