Seven Sign NLIs With Cougar Baseball

Nov. 22, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Six prep baseball players and a junior college transfer have signed national letters of intent to play at Washington State in 2001-2002, new head coach Tim Mooney announced Tuesday.

'This recruiting class gives us a solid foundation upon which to build a successful Cougar baseball team of the future,' offered the first-year Cougar coach who spent 14 years as head coach at Albertson College, where his teams won nearly 70 percent of their games.

'We feel as though we had a very successful early signing period,' Mooney continued. 'Our goal was to strengthen ourselves on the mound and we accomplished that with a group of pitchers who have the potential to help our program early in their WSU careers. In addition, we signed two outstanding position players. Derek Bruce can play any of the infield positions and should provide a solid bat in the lineup as well. Shawn Evenhus will add tremendous power in the middle of our lineup.

Moorpark Junior College pitcher Tyler Johnson (Newbury Park, Calif.) is one of five pitchers in Mooney's first early recruiting class. Johnson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft. While at Newbury Park High, Johnson was named to the All-Marmonte and the All-Ventura County teams twice, and in his senior year was selected Ventura County MVP.

'Tyler Johnson, our lone junior college recruit, will bring experience along with his outstanding slider and fastball. Last year he competed successfully in the Northern Collegiate Summer League with the Kenai Oilers. His experience compliments our younger players.'

Other pitchers who signed with the Cougars include Josh Bartlome (Rupert, Idaho) and Quentin Flores (Woodinville, Wash.). Bartlome in the 2000 season was named all-region first team as both a pitcher and an outfielder while attending Minico HS.

Flores led the KingCo 4A League with a 2.10 ERA, only giving up 10 earned runs, and recorded 53 strikeouts against five walks while leading the Woodinville Falcons to the league championship last season.

Also highlighting the Cougars incoming pitching staff for 2002 are Austin Harvie (Snohomish, Wash.) and Marshall Hendon (Sacramento, Calif.). A three-time varsity letter winner at Eastside Catholic HS, Harvie was named honorable mention to the All-Metro League team in 1999 and 2000, and was also selected as an alternate to the Area Code team last season.

Hendon was named Sierra League MVP and also was a member of the All-Sierra League team and the all-city team for the 2000 season while pitching for Christian Brothers HS.

'Marshall Hendon is a left-handed pitcher who will give us a good quality pitcher and knows how to effectively utilize his three pitches, a solid fastball, a good curve ball and an exceptional changeup,' says Mooney. 'Austin Harvie and Josh Bartolome are also good prospects. Both are strong young pitchers with good arms and a tight spin on their breaking pitches. Quinton Flores is a young pitcher whose best days are ahead of him. We really like the movement on his ball and the potential for continued improvement.

Bruce (Lewiston, Idaho), a shortstop, and Evenhus (Rock Island, Wash.), a first baseman, round out the early recruiting class. Bruce was selected to first team All-Border League the past two seasons while at Lewiston HS, and was also named Border League Player of the Year for 2000.

Evenhus, a cousin of former Cougar pitcher Jason Evenhus (1991-93), led his team in home runs his first season at Eastmont HS as a sophomore. Last season as a junior he was named the Mid-Valley League MVP. He set the school record with 13 home runs and also recorded 40 RBI in 20 games last spring.

Rupert, Idaho
Minico High `01

BARTLOME'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Did not play baseball. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Coached by Russ his first season playing baseball for Minico High, named all-region first team as a pitcher...also was named all-region second team as an outfielder...was a participant on the Pacific Northwest All-stars. JUNIOR (1999-00): His 10-1 record powered the Minico Spartans to a 25-6 mark for the season and into the state championship game...selected all-region first team as a pitcher and as an outfielder...named to the Valley All-Star team a well as Team Idaho...also played on the Northwest U.S.A High School All-Star team.

PERSONAL: Joshua Tyler Bartlome...born September 10, 1982...parents are Leroy Bartlome and Terry Maier...has one brother, Chancee Maier, and one sister, Leslie Swanson...hobbies include skiing and undecided about his academic interest at WSU.

Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston High `01

BRUCE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Coached by Tom Grunenfelder...played football, basketball, and baseball at Lewiston High...hit .575 on the JV baseball squad...promoted to varsity level for final half of the season...named offensive player of the year in finished 9-0... named defensive player of the year after team finished 15-0. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Hit .480 in his first full varsity season...selected first team Border League at shortstop...named high school team's defensive player of the year and also his American Legion team's MVP...high school team finished second in state after a 17-13 season...named defensive player of the year in basketball for the second consecutive season. JUNIOR (1999-00): Named Border League Player of the Year and was also selected as his team's offensive player of the year...his American Legion team won the state AL tournament...named American Legion State Tournament MVP...named defensive player of the year in basketball for the third consecutive year.

PERSONAL: Derek Steven Bruce...born August 8, 1983...parents are Jim and Lisa...Jim played college baseball at Eastern Oregon State sister Michele...through his junior year, he has accumulated a 3.69 GPA...also a member of the National Honor Society...hobbies include fishing and hunting...he is undecided on a major.

First Base/Pitcher
Rock Island, Wash.
Eastmont High `01

EVENHUS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Did not play baseball. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Coached by Dan White...earned a varsity letter while batting .400 in his first season at Eastmont High...led his team in home runs. JUNIOR (1999-00): Posted a .493 batting average and became a member of the '35 Hit Club'...broke old school record of seven home runs by hitting 13 long balls...named Mid-Valley League MVP.

PERSONAL: Shawn Evanhus...born May 15, 1982...parents are Sherman and older sister, Sharmon Hilliard...cousin Jason Evenhus played baseball for WSU, 1991-93...favorite hobby is hunting...has a 3.1 GPA and has recorded perfect attendance at school...academic interest is business.

Woodinville, Wash.
Woodinville High `01

FLORES' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Was a Lion Leader in the Woodinville Lions' Club. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Played varsity baseball for coach Terry Agnew, who also was his football coach at Woodinville team made King County playoffs with 11-7 record...pitched 15.1 innings and recorded 17 strikeouts while only giving up nine earned runs. JUNIOR (1999-00): Team won King County title with a league record 19-1...pitched 33.2 innings and struck out 53 hitters while issuing just five walks...finished the year with a 4-1 record and a 2.1 ERA...was also the league leader in saves and ERA...selected as All-KingCo honorable mention...voted team's most inspirational player.

PERSONAL: Quentin Anthony Flores...born July, 14, 1983...parents are Anthony and Kim...father Anthony graduated from WSU in January, 1974...has one sister Marissa...member of the Young Life Club...hobbies include beach volleyball and going to movies...lists communication and business management as his academic interests.

Snohomish, Wash.
Eastside Catholic High `01

HARVIE'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Lettered his first season at Eastside Catholic High for coach Julio Cruz...his team went 19-1 and won the Metro League championship...also lettered in football as a quarterback and running back...named offensive player of the year for his effort in football. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Selected All-Metro League honorable mention...his team posted a record of 18-2 on their way to the another Metro Leagu championship. JUNIOR (1999-00): Named All-Metro League honorable mention in both baseball and football... selected as an alternate to the Area Code team and the Mariner Fall Ball team... heavily scouted by numerous professional baseball teams, including the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Senior (2000-01): Selected to be the captain of the baseball team.

PERSONAL: Born Austin Harvie on April 2, 1983... parents are Ray and Gayle... two brothers, Casey and Dustin... hobbies include golf, skiing, and bowling... a National Honor Society member with a GPA of 3.52... academic interest is engineering.

Pitcher/First Base
Sacramento, Calif.
Christian Brothers High `01

HENDON'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1997-98): Named MVP for both his football and baseball teams at Christian Brothers coach Joe Gill. SOPHOMORE (1998-99): Name Co-MVP of his baseball team. JUNIOR (1999-00): Garnered five honors, including All-City, All-League, League MVP, and All-Tourney Team at the Cordova Easter Tourney...named to the AAU Nationals All-Tourney (under 18) as a member of the California Team Opti.

PERSONAL: Marshall David Hendon...born September 13, 1982...parents are Dennis and brother Will...academic interest in business.

Newbury Park, Calif.
Newbury Park High `99

JOHNSON'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: FRESHMAN (1995-96): Played junior varsity ball at Newbury Park High...named offensive player of the year. SOPHOMORE (1996-97): MVP of the junior varsity team...played varsity football...named offensive player of the year. JUNIOR (1997-98): In first season on varsity baseball team coached by Chris Scott, selected to the All-Ventura County and the All-Marmonte League teams...named pitcher of the year...pitched on the All-World squad that won the 1998 All-World championship...selected as pitching champion of the All-World Series. SENIOR (1998-99): Selected to the All-Ventura County and the All-Marmonte League teams for the second consecutive season...named MVP of the Bernie Milligan game...honored as Ventura County MVP...nominated as first team player by the Daily News.

JOHNSON'S JUNIOR COLLEGE CAREER: FRESHMAN (1999-00): Attended Moorpark Junior College, where he was coached by Mario Porto ...selected to the Western States All-Conference first team.

PERSONAL: Tyler James Johnson...born June 7, 1982...parents are Paul and Diedre... one brother Thomas...grandfather Thomas Brancotti played baseball at Long Island University...hobbies include snowboarding and fishing...academic interest is undecided.

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