Dec. 10, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - LMU baseball added five standout athletes during November's early signing period, Head Coach Frank Cruz announced earlier this week. Trevor Gee (INF, Notre Dame HS/Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Ryan Hawthorne (LHP/1B, Crespi HS/Encino, Calif.), John Lally (LHP, Santa Margarita HS/Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Shon Roe (INF, Quartz Hill HS/Quartz Hill, Calif.) and Jason Wheeler (LHP, Torrance HS/Torrance, Calif.) signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lions in the fall of 2008.
"We are very excited about this year's class," Recruiting Coordinator Drew Keehn said. "We as a coaching staff feel that each of these players can have an immediate impact on the squad as freshmen next year, and teamed with the already talented group that we have, the future looks very bright for LMU baseball."
Gee enters his fourth year at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Gee, who has been a varsity starter in each of his three seasons at Notre Dame, has garnered All-Mission League honors in every year thus far. A member of the 2006 and 2007 Braves Scout Team, a 2007 Dodgers Elite Team member and a three-time V.I.B.L. All-Star in 2005, 2006 and 2007, he will serve as team captain for the second consecutive season at Notre Dame. As a freshman in 2005, Gee batted .370 with 22 RBI and nine doubles. Putting together his finest season thus far as sophomore, he hit a team-best .423 and led the squad with 13 doubles. Last year, the infielder batted .409 with 32 RBI.
Hawthorne is in his fourth year at Crespi High School in Encino, Calif. A three-year varsity starter, he served as the leadoff man for the Celts last year, helping guide the team to last year's Division III Semi-Finals. Hawthorne garnered Second Team All-Mission League honors after batting .379 with 36 hits, 21 runs scored and 20 RBI. On the mound, he posted an ERA of 2.79 with 48 strikeouts in 37 innings. Last summer he batted .492 with nine doubles, while compiling a record of 5-1 with a 1.04 ERA and striking out 44 in 27 innings to lead the Celts to the V.I.B.L. title. Hawthorne is a two-time V.I.B.L. All-Star and received Team-One Preseason All-American honors earlier this year.
Lally enters his fourth year at Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. A two-year varsity letter winner thus far at Santa Margarita, Lally served as a member of the Kansas City Royals Scout Team in 2006 and New York Yankees Scout Team in 2007 before being selected to the Scout Team All-Star squad. Lally earned All-Trinity League honors after his junior campaign in which he recorded a 3.02 ERA in 57.2 innings pitched while amassing 62 strikeouts and walking 20 batters. Also a member of the Southland Shockers Baseball Club, Lally was named to the 2007 Angels Elite Roster. Lally attends the former high school of current Lions, Justin Bunkis and Brett Williams.
Roe enters his final year at Quartz Hill High School in Quartz Hill, Calif. A starter for the past two seasons, Roe batted .413 with 15 RBI, 31 runs scored, 11 doubles and two home runs as a sophomore in 2005 before being named All-League in his first varsity season. Serving as the team's shortstop, Roe helped guide Quartz Hill to the CIF Division III Championship at Anaheim Stadium. Named a team captain last year as a junior, he batted .388 with 30 RBI, 31 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples and two home runs en route to a second consecutive All-League selection. Roe was named to the So Cal Cardinals Scout Team last season while also competing as a member of the O.C. Giants Connie Mack team. Roe attends the alma mater of current Lion, Joe Vierra.
Jason Wheeler enters his fourth year at Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif. A member of the 2006 15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series Champions, he was named to the All-Defensive Team as a pitcher. Last year, the left-hander guided his team to the 2007 Pioneer League Championship before earning an All-Pioneer League selection, garnering Second-Team All-CIF Division IV honors, a First-Team South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area Team selection and was named a nominee for the Torrance High School Male Athlete of the Year after finishing the season with a 6-2 record and an ERA of 1.80 in 62.0 innings pitched. Over that span, Wheeler surrendered only 47 hits while striking out 62 batters. Jason, who was selected to the Southern California Scout Ball All-Star game in 2007, is the younger brother of current Lion, Ryan.
LMU's 2008 Opening Day is just around the corner, as the Lions will visit Sacramento State for a four-game series beginning Friday, February 22nd at 2 p.m.