PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College baseball team signed
five players to letters of intent during the early signing period.
Ryan Anstaett, Brian Kilway, Brad Raley, Reid Rizzo and Ryan Thombs
are the first members of head coach Brian McGee's 2010 recruiting
"We are very excited about these five additions to our program,"
McGee said. "They are all talented and versatile players who
excelled at the high school and summer league levels and we look
forward to them being strong contributors to Lake Erie baseball
starting in 2011."
Among the group are a pair of corner infielders, a middle
infielder and two right-handed pitchers. Four of the five are from
Ryan Anstaett (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) is a corner
infielder/outfielder with the potential to be a middle-of-the-order
presence. He led his high school team and Ohio Heat summer team in
most offensive categories. As a junior, he hit .378 with 30 runs
batted in 23 games for the Bulldogs and was named to the Cincinnati
Enquirer Divisions II-IV all-star team as an honorable mention
selection. The three-year letterman was also a Southern
Buckeye Conference National Division all-star.
"Ryan has one of the strongest passions for the game of baseball
I have ever seen. He eats, sleeps, and breaths this game," said
McGee. "His offensive ability will be a big push for him to be an
impact player for us. With some needed pop in our lineup, Ryan will
have the chance to fill those voids. He has not only proven his
ability at a tremendous high school level, but alongside some of
the nation's best players throughout the summer months."
Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), a right-handed
pitcher, was heavily recruited by a number of Division I schools
before signing with the Storm. He posted a 5-1 record as the Blue
Devils' top starter last spring, including a complete-game shutout
in the sectional finals. He was named to the All-Suburban League
Second Team after striking out 45 in just 39 2/3 innings.
"Brian has the body, mind, and ability, as well as the
determination and pride to be the best he can be. We are extremely
excited about the addition of Brian to next year's pitching staff,"
McGee said. "He is in command of all of his pitches and can throw
them in any count. He was a highly sought after recruit
on every level. I am very excited about seeing what accomplishments
he will have in his four years at Lake Erie."
Another right-handed hurler, Brad Raley (Hinckley,
Ohio/Highland) posted a solid junior season for the Hornets and for
the Ohio Orioles summer team. He is poised to take the top spot for
Highland on the mound this spring.
"Brad has tremendous poise on the mound, will absolutely go
right after hitters and will just pound the strike zone," according
to McGee. "He has a very live and heavy fastball and backs that up
with very good off-speed location. We are very excited to have
Brad. It is great to add someone of his ability and character to
A summer-league teammate of Anstaett, Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati,
Ohio/LaSalle) is a four-year starter in the middle infield,
splitting time at both second base and shortstop, for LaSalle. He
is a two-time Greater Catholic League and All-Cincinnati City
honorable mention selection and was named Cincinnati Defensive
Player of the Year in 2008. In 2009, he led his team in runs, walks
and stolen bases while hitting .375.
"Reid Rizzo is an electrifying player and a fierce competitor.
He is exactly the type of emotional player that this program is
looking for," McGee said. "He is quick on the base paths and has a
true understanding of the importance of base running and the impact
it can have on the outcome of a game. He is capable of playing
virtually anywhere on the field defensively but is set to be kept
in the middle infield for our plans."
Ryan Thombs (Gainesville, Fla./PK Yonge) will head north to play
the corner infield spots, as well as provide relief on the mound.
Last season he hit .430 with 30 RBI as the team's third baseman and
went 7-2 on the mound. He was named to the Gainesville Sun All-Area
Team after both his sophomore and junior seasons. Thombs is a
four-year starter at PK Yonge since moving to the area from Ohio.
He has played for the Ohio Orioles squad each of the past two
"Ryan is a tremendous athlete who has the ability to hit for
power from the corner infield spots, as well as give us some help
off the mound in relief," said McGee. "He has tremendous character
and work ethic, excelling on both the baseball field as well as in
the classroom. We will look to him to add some immediate needed pop
to the Storm lineup as he swings the bat extremely well. We are
very excited about the opportunity to continue Ryan's development."
The Storm came within one win of tying the school single-season
record in its first season in NCAA Division II. Lake Erie will
again compete as a D-II independent this spring before joining the
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in 2010-11.