Air Force Baseball Welcomes 18 Newcomers

July 1, 2009

USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force baseball team is proud to announce the 18 members of the Class of 2013. The Falcons welcome 10 pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and two catchers, as announced today by head coach Mike Hutcheon.

"I am very excited about the class of 2013," Hutcheon said. "These young men are going to excel academically, militarily and athletically. I am proud of them for choosing to attend the Air Force Academy. These are high-character young men that come from wonderful families and have tremendous baseball talent."

The class of 2013 boasts three All-Americans in catcher/outfielder Garrett Custons, catcher Travis Lane and infielder Matthew Roberts. Eight states are represented in the class, with 11 combined players from Florida (six players) and Texas (five players).

"The coaching staff has addressed many of our recruiting needs with this class and we can't wait for the fall to get here to start working with these guys," Hutcheon added. "These young men entering into the class of 2013, are joining a group of very strong leaders that have laid a strong foundation for success. This special group of returners, combined with the incoming freshman, have us all looking forward to the future of the program."

Air Force Baseball class of 2013

Name 	Pos.  	Ht.  	Wt. 	B/T  	Home Town (High School)
Andrew Austin	RHP/1B	6-6	245	R/R	Peachtree City, GA (McIntosh)
Alex Baker	RHP	6-1	190	R/R	McKinney, TX (McKinney)
Alex Bast	C/UTL	6-0	170	R/R	Pensacola, FL (Pensacola Catholic)
Ben Bertelson	LHP	6-1	190	R/L	Midland, TX (Midland)
Johnathon Bramble	OF	5-9	185	R/R	El Paso, TX (Franklin)
Sean Carley	RHP	6-4	230	R/R	Melbourne, FL (Melbourne Central Catholic)
Stephen Colangelo	RHP	6-2	180	R/R	Coral Springs, FL (Marjory Stoneman Douglas)
Garrett Custons	C/OF	5-10	185	R/R	Sarasota, FL (Sarasota)
Todd Del Toro	RHP	5-11	175	R/R	Mission Viejo, CA (JSerra Catholic)
Jack Hourin	RHP	6-3	170	R/R	Austin, TX (Lake Travis)
Kincaid Koehler	LHP	6-5	210	R/L	Vero Beach, FL (Vero Beach)
Travis Lane	C	6-2	205	R/R	Glendale, AZ (Sandra Day O'Connor)
Alex Lerda-Plog	RHP	6-2	195	R/R	Rancho Murieta, CA (Jesuit)
Ethan Loosen	IF	6-2	205	R/R	New Hyde Park, NY (Kellenberg)
Matthew Roberts	IF	6-0	175	L/R	Greenville, SC (Greenville)
Caleb Spengler	IF	6-0	205	R/R	McKinney, TX (McKinney)
Matthew Thorne	IF	5-11	190	R/R	Murfreesboro, TN (Judge Memorial Catholic- Salt Lake City, Utah)
Matt Zettler	RHP	6-1	190	R/R	Winter Springs, FL (Winter Springs)

Andrew Austin
6-6 • 245
Freshman • RHP/1B
Peachtree City, Ga. • McIntosh

HIGH SCHOOL (McIntosh): Lettered four years in baseball and two in basketball...first-team all-county first baseman and second-team pitcher as a junior...48th-ranked player in the state of Georgia and 681st in the nation...member of National Honor Society...two year Beta Club member...high school baseball coach was Brad Campbell...played summer ball for the Home Plate Chili Dogs, coached by Lloyd Thompson.

Alex Baker
6-1 • 190
Freshman • RHP
McKinney, Texas • McKinney

HIGH SCHOOL (McKinney):  Lettered four years in baseball...first-team all-district as a junior and senior and second team as a sophomore...helped lead school to 9-4A District title as a senior...high school coach was Jeremy Price.

Alex Bast
6-0 • 170
Freshman • C/UTL
Pensacola, Fla. • Pensacola Catholic

HIGH SCHOOL (Pensacola Catholic): Lettered three years in baseball, four in football and one in soccer...three-time all-area...first-team all-area and honorable mention all-state as a senior...Panhandle Sports Broadcasting All-Area team...three-time all-area and two-time honorable mention all-state wide receiver football...helped lead team to three-straight FHSAA District 1 championships...led team to a 27-5 record and a top-15 national ranking in several publications as a senior...batted .344 with 10 homers, 31 hits, 29 RBIs and 41 runs scored as a senior...237th rated player in Florida...high school baseball coach was Richard LaBounty...member of National Honor Society.

Ben Bertelson
6-1 • 190
Freshman • LHP
Midland, Texas • Midland

HIGH SCHOOL (Midland): Lettered three years in baseball and football...first-team all-district as a junior and second-team as a senior...all-district in football as a senior...pitched 10 innings in his final game in the district playoffs...member of National Honor Society...high school coach was Barry Russell.

Johnathon Bramble
5-9 • 185
Freshman • OF
El Paso, Texas • Franklin

HIGH SCHOOL (Franklin): Lettered three years in baseball...all-district and on El Paso All-City baseball team ...batted .394 with seven doubles, five triples, 13 stolen bases and a homer as a senior...inducted into Franklin Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008...high school coach was Larry Vucan...played summer ball for the West Texas Cats, coached by Josh Futon.

Sean Carley
6-4 • 230
Freshman • RHP
Melbourne, Fla. • Melbourne Central Catholic

HIGH SCHOOL (Melbourne Central Catholic): Lettered four years in baseball and three in football...7-1 record with 1.14 ERA, striking out 67 in 55 innings as a senior...Space Coast pitching MVP, first-team All-Space Coast, MVP of county all-star game and led team to class 3A regional semifinals as a senior...4-1 with 0.81 ERA, striking out 77 in 44 innings pitched as a junior...All-Space Coast and summer MVP as a junior...tossed a no-hitter as a junior, striking out 15 batters in the game against Merritt Island Christian...rated #135 player in the state of Florida and #912 in nation...high school baseball coach was Tom Dooley...played summer ball for the Florida Stars, coached by Rich Korte...member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society.

Stephen Colangelo
6-2 • 180
Freshman • RHP
Coral Springs, Fla. • Marjory Stoneman Douglas

HIGH SCHOOL (Stoneman Douglas): Lettered three years in baseball...7-4 record with, five saves, 2.18 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched as a senior...first-team all-county...Broward County Senior All-Star...Miami Herald, All-Broward County, 6A-5A First-Team...South Florida Sun-Sentinel 6A-5A-4A Second-Team...3-4 record with 2.53 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched as a junior...helped lead Douglas to three district championships...rated as 257th best player from Florida...high school baseball coach was Dean Florio...played summer ball for the Florida Pokers, coached by Larry Collins.

Garrett Custons
5-10 • 185
Freshman • C/OF
Sarasota, Fla. • Sarasota

HIGH SCHOOL (Sarasota): Lettered two years in baseball and football...preseason Rawlings All-American third team...selected to and participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase...rated 56th best player from Florida and 282nd in nation...high school coach was Clyde Metcalf...played summer ball for the Raiders, coached by Bob Slaughter...member of National Honor Society.

Todd Del Toro
5-11 • 175
Freshman • RHP
Mission Viejo, Calif. • JSerra Catholic

HIGH SCHOOL (JSerra): Lettered one year in baseball...high school baseball coach was Brett Kay...played summer ball for Trombly Baseball, coached by Steve Trombly...member of president's and dean's honor roll.

Jack Hourin
6-3 • 170
Freshman • RHP
Austin, Teas • Lake Travis

HIGH SCHOOL (Lake Travis): Lettered two years in baseball and football...posted 3-0 record, eight saves and 0.93 ERA and allowed just 15 hits in 30 innings pitched as a senior...had 65 tackles and led team in interceptions as a cornerback on football team...helped lead Lake Travis to Texas Class 4A State titles in 2007 and 2008...high school baseball coach was Roy Kinnan...played summer ball for the Austin Wings, coached by Chris Koy...member of National Honor Society.

Kincaid Koehler
6-5 • 210
Freshman • LHP
Vero Beach, Fla. • Vero Beach

HIGH SCHOOL (Vero Beach): Lettered three years in baseball and two in football...2.90 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched as a senior...second-team all-area and second-team all-conference as a junior...rated as 98th best player from the state of Florida...graduated with honors...high school baseball coach was Jeff Steinman...played summer ball for the All-American Prospects, coached by Mike Adams and Dave Parra.

Travis Lane
6-2 • 205
Freshman • C
Glendale, Ariz. • Sandra Day O'Connor

HIGH SCHOOL (O'Connor): Lettered four years in baseball and two years in track...2008 Louisville Slugger High School All-American honorable mention and first-team all-state as a senior...batted .511 and slugged .904 with seven homers, 48 hits and 42 RBIs in 30 games as a senior...batted .322 as a junior and .452 as a sophomore...high school baseball coach was Jeff Baumgartner.

Alex Lerda-Plog
6-2 • 195
Freshman • RHP
Rancho Murieta, Calif. • Jesuit

HIGH SCHOOL (Jesuit): Lettered two years in baseball...posted 7-1 record with 1.51 ERA, striking out 40 in 41.2 innings pitched as a senior...Sacramento Bee All-Metro Second-Team...first-team all-league...helped lead team to 27-5 record, CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I North Title and #11 ranking in California...posted 4-1 record with 2.55 ERA, striking out 23 in 33 innings as a junior and helped team to CIF-SJS Division I championship...high school baseball coach was Joe Potulny...played summer ball for the EDH Vipers, coached by Don Hayes...graduated Cum Laude and was on the first honor roll all four years.

Ethan Loosen
6-2 • 205
Freshman • IF
New Hyde Park, N.Y. • Kellenberg

HIGH SCHOOL (Kellenberg): Lettered two years in baseball...played shortstop and pitched for Kellenberg...high school baseball coach was Chris Alfalla...played summer ball for the Long Island Titans, coached by Jim Clarke.

Matthew Roberts
6-0 • 175
Freshman • IF
Greenville, S.C. • Greenville

HIGH SCHOOL (Greenville): Lettered four years in baseball and three years in football...two-time Under Armour All-American...selected to play in the High School All-American game at Wrigley Field, representing the Under Armour All-American team...South Carolina Upstate Athlete of the Year...Peach Blossom All-Region Team...all-state quarterback on the football team as a senior, throwing for 2,677 yards and 29 touchdowns...high school baseball coach was Steve Scolamiero.

Caleb Spengler
6-0 • 205
Freshman • IF
McKinney, Texas • McKinney

HIGH SCHOOL (McKinney): Lettered three years in baseball...two-time district defensive MVP...high school baseball coach was Jeremy Price.

Matthew Thorne
5-11 • 190
Freshman • IF
Murfreesboro, Tenn. • Judge Memorial Catholic/ Sewanee Univ. (Tenn.)

Sewanee University: Attended Sewanee in 2008-09 and practiced with baseball team but did not appear in any games...will sit out 2009-10 season under new NCAA transfer rule.

HIGH SCHOOL (Judge Memorial Catholic - Salt Lake City, Utah): Lettered four years in baseball...set Utah state high school record with 50 hits and 43 singles as a junior in 2007, garnering first-team all region honors...first-team all-state, first-team all-region and state tournament all-tournament team as a senior...helped lead Judge Memorial to state title as a senior in 2008...high school baseball coach was Jeff Myaer...member of National Honor Society.

Matt Zettler
6-1 • 190
Freshman • RHP
Winter Springs, Fla. • Winter Springs

HIGH SCHOOL (Winter Springs): Lettered two years in baseball...posted a 3-2 record with a 2.82 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 27.1 innings as a senior...rated as the #97 prospect from Florida...high school baseball coach was Jeff Perez...played summer ball for the Orlando Scorpions, coached by Sal Lombardo...three-time athletics scholar award winner...member of National Honor Society and Beta Clune and was an honor student all four years.



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