CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State baseball head coach Chris Klimas announced the signing of three student-athletes during the early signing period to the 2018 baseball class. CJ Edwards, Ethan Rivera and Justin Thornhill inked letters of intent to play for the RSU baseball program starting in the 2019 season.
Edwards, a native of Stillwater, Okla., will join the Hillcats after playing two seasons at Carl Albert State for head coach Tyler Guthrie. The right-handed pitcher made 17 appearances with two starts in his freshman campaign.
In a total of 41.1 innings, he finished with 38 strikeouts and a 3.51 earned run average. The Vikings finished third in the region during his freshman season. In the summer, he was a member of the inaugural season of the Oklahoma City Indians in the Jayhawk Summer League.
Edwards prepped at Stillwater High School under the guidance of Jimmy Harris. As a senior, the Pioneers finished as the runner up in the state championship.
Edwards started game one of the regional tournament and totaled a 4-2 record with eight saves during the season. He tallied 21 strikeouts and a 2.71 earned run average in 35 innings pitched. In his junior season at Stillwater, he finished with a perfect 8-0 record on the mound and a 1.91 earned run average. Edwards registered 38 strikeouts in 40 innings as a junior.
Rivera comes to RSU following his prep career at Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas under the guidance of head coach Chad Koehl.
Playing in the infield, Riveria hit .360 and finished with three steals.
He also saw time as a pitcher where he went 2-1 with a 1.59 earned run average and 19 strikeouts in 26 innings. As a team, Rivera helped the Rangers win a conference championship.
In his junior campaign, he was named to the 2017 Academic All-District Team.
Thornhill, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, will join the navy and red after completing his high school career at Iowa Park High School while playing for head coach Michael Swenson.
The 6-4 catcher has helped the Hawks to three district championships. He is a two-time All-District selection at catcher in his sophomore and junior seasons. For his career, Thornhill is hitting .275 with a .986 fielding percentage. In two years, he has caught 22 runners stealing. Playing for his summer team in 2017, Thornhill hit .284 with a .415 on base percentage and caught 12 runners stealing.
The Hillcats start the 2018 season on Feb. 2 with a doubleheader against Randall at the Diamond Sports Complex.
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