By Kaila Morales |Staff Writer|
We said goodbye to nine senior Coyotes as the 2016 CSUSB baseball season came to an end.
William Ouellette, Grant Buchanan, Dylan Lohman, Brian Lockey, Jon-Paolo D’Este, Andrew Lopez, Kamden Haglund, Ryan Rich and Ryan Cooper hung up their cleats after they were defeated by the first place Cal Poly Broncos in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament.
Ouellette, who will graduate in the fall, is a kinesiology major. He hopes to become a kinesiology teacher or even a baseball coach.
When asked if he will continue his baseball career, a hopeful Ouellette said he looks forward to the upcoming Major League Baseball (MLB) draft from June 9 to 11
“Hopefully something good happens there. I filled out about seven questionnaires for different teams and I had a couple of workouts for a couple other teams, so we’ll see what happens,” said Ouellette.
San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers to name a few, were teams of interest for Ouellette who has been playing baseball since he was eight years old.
Buchanan, who is a psychology major, will graduate with a 3.51 GPA.
In his two years at CSUSB, he maintained Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, earned the CCAA All-Academic Honoree in 2015 and received a CCAA honorable mention this season.
“Hitting a walk-off single against Chico state would have to be my favorite memory of this season,” said Buchanan.
Buchanan plans on playing with an independent league if he is not able to sign a free agent contract with a MLB team.
Lohman, who is also a kinesiology major with an exercise science concentration, said he plans to use his degree to become a coach, scout or trainer, staying close in the lines of baseball.
“You just have to look around and talk to people. There is a league in the winter that pro and independent teams can pick you up from,” said Lohman.
“I would like to play a year of independent ball to see what could happen,” added Lohman.
Lockey, who has no plans to continue his baseball career after CSUSB, is a criminal justice major.
He wishes to move back to his hometown of San Diego where he will join law enforcement and aspires to become a DEA.
Both Lohman and Ouellette agreed that clinching the playoff spot and getting to go to Stockton for the tournament was the highlight of their 2016 season.
With head coach David Martinez managing the team for the first season, the seniors had the privilege of getting to play their last season with him as their mentor.
“Having coach Martinez come in and turn everything around was a big change for the better,” said Ouellette.
“We had nearly the same number of wins this season, than we did in the last two seasons combined, so I think that says a lot about him and the way he goes about his business to get the players to play,” added Ouellette.
“This year was the foundation of what CSUSB baseball will come [to be], it will only get better,” added Lockey.
Being able to play on the field with the team is something that all the seniors said they would miss the most.
“It was a great team environment [and] I will miss all my coaches and teammates I got to share this experience with,” concluded Lohman.