May 28, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State baseball head coach Mike Batesole announced on Wednesday that Korby Batesole, Dylan Lee and Brennon Williams have all signed National Letters of Intent to attend Fresno State and play for the Bulldogs beginning in the 2014-15 season.
"This contingent gives us exactly what we hunted out - and right off the top of the list," said Batesole about his three newest Bulldogs.
"We believe in recruiting high energy winners who come from winning programs," Batesole added. "We actively engage prospects with extraordinary character, who are excellent students and who are proven winners at the high school and community college level. This is the reason our players are graduating and consistently turning in top-notch GPAs. Athletically, at the very top of our list were left-handed pitchers, left-handed hitters and middle infielders, and that's what we signed with this class."
Korby Batesole, son of the Bulldogs' head coach, is a 6-1 infielder that plays shortstop, but also has experience at second base while playing at Buchanan High School (Clovis, Calif.). He bats left-handed and throws right. The Bears went 25-8 and were the runner-up in the 2014 CIF Central Section Baseball Playoffs. Buchanan was a top-25 ranked team in the state all year as Batesole started each game.
Lee hails from Dinuba, Calif. and is a 6-4 left-handed junior-transfer pitcher from the College of the Sequoias that attended and graduated from Dinuba High School in 2012. Lee guided the Giants to the California Community College Athletic Association Baseball State Final Four by winning his first 13 games before suffering his one and only loss on May 24 to Orange Coast, 3-2, capping his season with a 13-1 record and 2.34 ERA. The Giants finished third in the state. Lee was named to the All-California State team and the Central Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, owning a school record for wins in a season. He was also named to the CVC Gold Glove team.
While at Dinuba High School, Lee was chosen as the Most Valuable Player in the Central Sequoia League.
Williams, also a left-handed junior-transfer pitcher, comes to Fresno State from San Joaquin Junior College. He, alike Lee, advanced his team to the California Community College Athletic Association Baseball State Championships this past season. The Mustangs were the state runner-up, falling victim to Orange Coast College, 5-3 in the championship game. The 6-0 lefty was selected to be the starting pitcher in the finale; he finished the season with a 2.72 ERA and a 2-2 record with one save.
Williams took a redshirt season in 2012 after graduating from Oakdale High School. As a high school senior he owned a 1.56 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched.
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