Cardinal Baseball signs seven

Cardinal Baseball signs seven

Outfielder Drew Haynes and infielder Grason Wiggins joined pitchers Dean Kiekhefer and Thomas Royse in signing national letters of intent to play for the University of Louisville baseball team it was announced by Head Coach Dan McDonnell Thursday.

Outfielder Drew Haynes and infielder Grason Wiggins joined pitchers Dean Kiekhefer and Thomas Royse in signing national letters of intent to play for the University of Louisville baseball team it was announced by Head Coach Dan McDonnell Thursday.

The four signees are part of the 2006-07 early signing period and will be on campus this fall and eligible to compete in the spring of 2008.

Drew Haynes
New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS
OF
While playing at New Albany, Haynes has twice been named All-Conference as an outfielder. Established a pair of school records as a sophomore, stealing 28 bases and scoring 44 runs. Has 51 steals and has scored 89 runs in his first three years of HS ball, posting a 12-2 record on the mound with a pair of saves. The Bulldogs were Sectional Champions and Regional Runner-up his sophomore season.

Dean Kiekhefer
LaGrange, Ky./Oldham County HS
LHP
A two-time All-Region and All-District selection, he played for the East vs. West junior All-Star team least season. Coached by former Cardinal Scott Gerlach at Oldham County HS, Kiekhefer has compiled a 15-6 record with two saves and 231 strikeouts in his first three seasons of prep baseball. He was 9-0 with a 0.24 ERA and a staggering 119 K's in just 58 innings as a junior. He batted .382 with 35 steals in 36 attempts while playing centerfield and batting second. Helped the Colonels to semi-state in '05 - the highest finish in school history. Threw a perfect game, striking out 19 of 21 batters, in a 3-0 district tournament win over North Oldham. It was his third no-hitter and second perfect game of the season. Has also earned two letters in golf.

Thomas Royse
Lexington, Ky./Dunbar HS
RHP
Named to the 2006 All-City and District All-Tournament teams while earning the INSIGHT KHSAA Academic All-State Award. Compiled a 5-2 record with a 1.25 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 57 IP on the Regional Runner-up his junior season.

Grason Wiggins
Statesboro, Ga./Southeast Bulloch HS
2B/SS
A two-time First Team All-Region selection and Gold Glove Award winner for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets. Hit .480 with 10 doubles, two triples, 19 stolen bases, 21 runs and 24 RBI in 21 games as a junior. Helped lead his team to Southeast Wood Bat Championship over the summer.

Neil Holland
Owensboro,Ky./Owensboro Catholic
RHP
A two-time All-Region and All-District selection, Holland played for the East vs. West junior All-Star team least season. He has a 25-5 record on the hill with 17 saves and 205 strikeouts in three seasons. The Aces won the All A State Championship in 2005 and he was named to the All-Tournament team. Were state runner-up last season. Has hit 30 doubles, five triples and driven in 51 runs, adding 31 steals. An honorable mention All-State receiver, lettering four times in football and twice in swimming. He has earned five letters in baseball heading into his senior season. A three-time academic All-State selection.

Stewart Ijames
Owensboro,Ky./Owensboro Catholic
OF
A two-time All-State, three time All-Region and All-Area selection, he was the state tournament MVP when the Aces won the 2006 state championship. Has 24 home runs and 141 RBI in three seasons of HS baseball, hitting .504 with 11 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 47 runs scored and 60 RBI his sophomore campaign. Has earned five letters in baseball, four in football as a kicker and running back and lettered once in basketball.

Tyler Mikits
Bourne,Texas/Blinn JC
1B/OF
A First Team All-Region selection at Blinn CC as a freshman, hitting .341 with 13 doubles, eight home runs, 36 RBI and a .992 fielding percentage. A three-time All-State selection at Gregory-Portland HS, the lefty hit .463 with 18 doubles, five home runs 20 RBI and posted an 8-3 record, 1.93 ERA and 111 strikeouts on the hill. Named First Team All-State tight end on the Texas 4A football team in 2004.

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