Announcement

Kaleb Lewis to sign at Mount Marty College

Posted by GILLETTE RIDERS POST 42 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL on Apr 24 2020 at 07:18AM PDT
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Lewis to become a Lancer

Riders senior outfielder Kaleb Lewis will sign a letter of intent to play baseball collegiately at Mount Marty College, in Yankton SD. Mount Marty is an NAIA school which competes in the GPAC Conference. They were off to a 15-5 start in 2020, before their season was cut short due to Covid-19. Mount Marty is managed by long-time skipper Andy Bernatow who just completed his 15th year coaching the Lancers. Bernatow holds the school record for career wins with 340 and has coached 152 Academic All-Conference Players during his time. Lewis becomes the 54th Rider under Coach Perleberg to advance to the collegiate ranks.

Coach Bernatow on Lewis:
“We’re excited to receive a commitment from a player of Kaleb Lewis’ caliber. It is also a great feeling to have a player from the Gillette program come to Mount Marty. I was able to watch Gillette play last summer in Sioux Falls and walked away impressed with the talent they had on the field. It was evident the quality of coaching that the players were receiving. Kaleb stood out as a player that we wanted. He displayed athleticism and his swing has potential to hit at the college level. I am going to enjoy watching him hit the ball in the future years to come. He has one of those left handed swings that any baseball coach or enthusiast loves to watch.”

Kaleb has played all the way through the ranks in the Riders program, joining the program as a 7th grader in 2015. He is a 3-year starter at the Varsity level, as a starting outfielder. In 2018 as a sophomore, Lewis helped lead the Riders to a Wyoming State Runner Up finish. He hit .327 in 82 games, with 81 hits, 54 RBI, and 61 runs scored. These numbers helped Lewis earn honors to the 2018 Wyoming All-State Team. Last season, Lewis was a key piece for a Riders team that finished a remarkable 62-20 overall. Despite missing nearly 20 games with a knee injury, Lewis hit .327 with 46 RBI and had a .465 On Base%.

Coach Perleberg on Lewis:
“Kaleb is very special to me and I’m so proud of the young man he’s become. I noticed very early on coaching Lewie that his competitive juices were similar to mine. You either compete at things, or you don’t. It’s something that is very difficult to teach and Lewie flat out competes. Secondly, he has a work ethic that is unparalleled by many. He has worked very hard on and off the field to get to this point. This work ethic will carry him through life in whatever he chooses to do. As far as baseball skills, Kaleb has some serious talent with his bat. He has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field with power. His ceiling is very high as a hitter due to his overall skill, work ethic, and physicality. I expect Kaleb to be a great player for the next 4 years in Coach Bernatow’s program.”

Kaleb will graduate this May from Thunder Basin High School with a 3.8 GPA. He is planning to major in a Science field at Mount Marty. He is the son of Sara Bridges, and also guardians Suejon and Tony Deimling. The Riders family is extremely proud of Kaleb and his accomplishments both on and off the field.

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