NEW YORK – Columbia head baseball coach Brett Boretti has announced the addition of seven newcomers for the class of 2017.
"I am very excited about the athleticism of the new class,” commented coach Boretti. “We feel we have continued to recruit top athletes who are versatile and can help our team in numerous ways. The pitchers will be able to compete immediately and strengthen our depth on the hill."
Shane Adams – Infield – Sugar Land, Texas
One of two players from the Lone Star State in the class of 2017, Adams played baseball for four years at Clements High School, earning two letters.
A Texas 5A first team all-state selection in 2012, Adams went on to bat .502 and steals 37 bases during his senior campaign. In the classroom, he was named to the academic honor roll.
Kyle Bartelman – Infield – Chicago, Ill.
Bartelman comes to Columbia after earning eight varsity letters in baseball and hockey at Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. At Culver, Bartelman cultivated his leadership skills as a two-time captain of the baseball team and his championship pedigree helping the hockey team win the 5A state championship in 2012.
At the plate, Bartelman was among the hardest players to strikeout, leading to him being recognized with the Hitting Award at Culver his senior year. Also during his senior campaign, Bartelman picked up Perfect Game Midwest Region honorable mention accolades. During his junior season at Culver, Bartelman received the Pitching Award from Culver.
The National Honor Society member was named a United States Achievement Academy All-American Scholar, while also receiving honors in wellness.
Nicholas Erickson – Infield – Saint Charles, Ill.
Erickson competed for four years on the Saint Charles East baseball team, earning three varsity letters. He also played golf during his freshman and sophomore years for the Saints.
As captain his senior season, Erickson led Saint Charles East to a third-place finish in the 4A state tournament. Playing shortstop, he was named Rawlings Perfect Game honorable mention, as well as earning a spot on the all-conference and all-area teams. Erickson was also selected to those teams as a junior after batting .377 with 37 runs and 20 RBI.
Erickson also shine in the classroom, earning the Academic All-Conference Award. He also twice received the Human Relations Award from Saint Charles East. His brother Johnathan is a third baseman at Illinois Wesleyan.
Ryan Marks – Pitcher – Cos Cob, Conn.
Marks competed in three sports, baseball, football and basketball, during his time at Greenwich High School. After competing on the football team for two years and basketball for one, Marks chose to focus on baseball, earning three varsity letters as a pitcher. In 101 innings during his high school career, Marks registered 90 strikeouts, posted a 1.46 ERA and held a 10-3 record.
As a junior, he was selected to the Connecticut State Junior All-Star Game and was named to the All-FCIAC West team. In 2013, Marks was a Rawlings Perfect Game preseason honorable mention Northeast selection. He went on to be selected to the All-FCIAC first team and the MSG Varsity Connecticut all-state first team. Greenwich would win the FCIAC regular season championship during each of those seasons.
The honor roll member was also an AP and CAPT Scholar.
Garrett Roberts – Pitcher – Katy, Texas
Roberts matriculates to Morningside Heights via Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. A pitcher for Seven Lakes, Roberts earned four letters during his high school career.
After graduating with high honors, Roberts intends to pursue pre-med at Columbia.
Will Savage – Infield – Bronx, N.Y.
Although born in London, Savage will have the shortest journey to Columbia as a Bronx, N.Y. native. Attending the Fieldston School, Savage earned eight varsity letters, four on the diamond and four on the basketball court.
As a shortstop on the field and a point guard on the court, Savage earned three all-league honors in each sport.
Ty Wiest – Pitcher/Infield – Castle Rock, Colo.
A baseball and football player at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Wiest earned six varsity letters. On the baseball field, Wiest split time as a pitcher and first baseman.
As a senior he hit at a .451 clip and drove in 18 runs, leading to first team All-Continental League honors. As a junior he was selected to the All-Continental League second team in baseball, and the first team in football.
The honors graduate comes from a baseball family, as his father, Jim, played at Colorado State.