New head coach Sam Blackmon has added two new baseball recruits to the 2013-14 class.
The first, Tallon Ralstin, was a Colorado product. Ralstin, a 6-foot-1-inch outfielder and catcher, concluded a multi-sport career for Montezuma-Cortez High School in southwest Colorado. He also was a regular at quarterback and guard for the football and basketball Panthers, who compete in Class 4A.
He was born and raised in Cortez, which is just 45 miles west of resort-town, Durango.
Ralstin was a standout performer as a senior for head baseball coach Matt Betts. Playing for a young team that finished 7-12, he enjoyed a successful campaign.
While receiving honors as the Panthers’ Best Offensive and Best Defensive Player, he had a robust .486 batting average. He swatted a pair of home runs.
Ralstin racked up 35 hits in 72 at bats and concluded the year by setting the Montezuma-Cortez record for career hits. Playing for a young team that finished 7-12, he was chosen second-team All-Conference. The honor roll student ranked 24th in his graduating class.
Outside of high school, Ralstin also played club ball for two teams; the D.C. Mossy Oak Boys – coached by his dad, Troy Ralstin, and for 4Corners Baseball and coach Brett Anderson.
He plans to major in church ministry and education at SAGU.
Tallon has plenty of Christian involvement as a teenager, including serving as a pastoral intern, a leader at youth camp and Children’s Church, a speaker at Power Lunches at school and other service projects at church.
The other new addition to the SAGU team is Clay Gentle, a three-time all-district baseball player from Fredericksburg.
Gentle, at 5-foot-9, played the outfield as well as shortstop and third base for Fredericksburg High School.
With the Class 3A Battlin’ Billies, he hit .353 in his senior season. He finished with a .375 career average. He also garnered Academic All-State honors.
Under coach Todd Doucet, the Billies were District and Area champs during Gentle’s career, advancing to the regional finals once.
Doucet, whose team went 20-8 in Gentle’s junior season, raved about the Lions’ newest commit. “This kid can play,” Doucet said. “He will be a good addition at SAGU.”
Gentle also enjoyed success while suiting up for the Hill Country Buzz. His coach for the club team was Lavelle Morgan. He plans to major in physical education. Church attendance plays a valuable part in his life, as does volunteer work in the community.