The Clarke College baseball program has added four more recruits to its signing class for 2009-10. Conor Kelley, Josh Gust, Steven Mabeus, and Andrew Lujan have all recently committed to becoming Crusaders.
Kelley comes to Clarke College with three years of eligibility remaining. A native of Seattle, Wash., the catcher and right-handed pitcher is transferring to Clarke from Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco, Washington.
Gust is also catcher and is coming to Clarke from Cero Coso Community College in Ridgecrest, California. Gust is originally from Draper, Utah, and is the first Coyote to join the Clarke program since current Clarke assistant coach Jeremy Etchemendy transferred to Clarke in 2004.
Mabeus is a right-handed pitcher. The native of come Soldotna, Alaska, comes to Clarke from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. This summer, Mabeus played summer ball for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League.
Lujan is the most recent commitment and comes to Clarke from Feather River College in Quincy, California. Lujan is a corner infielder and played for a Feather River team which went 42-5 and won the California State Junior College title.
"The addition of these guys is huge for our program," said Clarke Head Coach Chad Harris. "They all come from programs rich in tradition and they are use to winning. I expect the addition of these guys, along with our returners and our other signees, will make competition for playing time at each position intense and should bring out the best in everyone."
The Crusaders have signed a total of 17 new players for the upcoming year, with eight of them coming from west of the Rocky Mountains. Clarke will begin 2010 play on Feb. 5 in McKenzie, Tenn., against Bethel College before traveling to Jackson, Tenn., to face NAIA power Union University on Feb. 6.