Valparaiso head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced Thursday the signing of four student-athletes to letters of intent for the class of 2015. The four signees thus far are Scott Kapers (Schererville, In./Mt. Carmel), Grant Inman (Ft. Wayne, In./Ft. Wayne Carroll), Montana Quigley (Lake Forest, Ca./El Toro), and Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Ca./Chatsworth).
“I cannot say enough about the job (assistant coaches) Ben (Wolgamot), Adam (White) and Nic (Mishler) have done in identifying and helping bring in these individuals to our program. We put forth a vision for our program and they have done a great job finding student-athletes who share that. Our goal is to continually move this program forward and with the help of these four young men, we feel that will happen. Although this is a smaller class, we feel it is one of the best we have brought in,” Schmack said.
Scott Kapers –
C ▪ 5’11” ▪ 175 LBS. ▪ R/R ▪ Schererville, In. ▪ Mt. Carmel High School
Notes: Ranked #1 Catcher and #11 overall prospect in the state of Indiana by Perfect Game Baseball…Ranked #3 Catcher and #20 overall in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report…His high school team won the Illinois State Championship in 2013…Voted 2nd Team All Area in 2014…Parents are Scott and Melissa Kapers…Siblings are Jake and Madison… Hobbies are hunting and fishing…Travel team is the Reds Scout Team…Plans on majoring in Business.
Coach Schmack on Scott: “We’re very excited to get Scott to campus. He is a kid that has just gotten better every time we see him. A very athletic player that we feel can play literally every position on the field. What I like about Scott is that he is a winner. His high school team won the Illinois State Championship in 2013, so he knows what it takes to get it done.”
Grant Inman –
RHP ▪ 6’4” ▪ 180 LBS. ▪ R/R ▪ Ft. Wayne, In. ▪ Ft. Wayne Carroll High School
Notes: Ranked #6 RHP in the state of Indiana and #8 overall by Prep Baseball Report…As a sophomore and junior voted 1st Team All Conference…Parents are Chad Inman and Danielle Edenfield…Siblings are Logan and Cameron…Hobbies include basketball and video games…Travel team is the Summit City Sluggers…Plans on majoring in Sports Business with a Business minor
Coach Schmack on Grant: “Grant has an electric arm and has a chance to be a difference maker here. He comes to us with a ton of potential and ability."
Montana Quigley –
RHP ▪ 6’4” ▪ 180 LBS. ▪ R/R ▪ Lake Forest, Ca. ▪ El Toro High School
Notes: Parents are John and Lori Quigley…Siblings are Leyna, Grace, and Jenna…Hobbies include mountain biking, playing ping pong and listening to music…Travel team is Quakes Baseball…Plans on majoring in Communications.
Coach Schmack on Montana: “We love what Montana will bring to the table. He is a projectable arm that pounds the zone and competes, which is exactly what we’re looking for. Also, having a past player from his high school (Chris Manning), we know what type of player we are going to get.”
Sam Shaikin –
SS ▪ 6’2” ▪ 175 LBS. ▪ R/R ▪ West Hills, Ca. ▪ Chatsworth High School
Notes: As a sophomore voted 1st Team All League and All City…Junior year voted 1st Team All League, City and State…Parents are John and Sandra Shaikin…Sibling is Leah…Hobbies include playing other sports and hanging out with his friends…Travel team is the So Cal Cubs…Plans on majoring in Sports Business.
Coach Schmack on Sam: “Sam is an extremely versatile and athletic player. He comes from a tremendous high school program and knows how to play the game. We feel Sam can come in and contribute right away. Sam really impressed me on his visit and I knew right away he’d be a great fit for this team.”
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