6 Inducted in Riders Baseball Hall of Fame
6 Members Inducted into 2022 Riders Hall of Fame
Coach Perleberg and Riders Hall of Fame Committee would like to congratulate the newest 6 members to the Riders Hall of Fame. 2022 Inductees include Arlyn Anderson, Austin Cowen, Doug Evans, Ryan Iliff, Ryan Hutchison, and Seth Means. “Each year the list of nominees gets longer and longer and is more challenging for our committee to vote upon. However, we feel like the 2022 class is definitely a stand-out class from both a player and coach standpoint.” The 2022 Riders Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 pm at Hladky Stadium during the Kirby Drube Memorial Tournament.
Arlyn Anderson- Arlyn played in the Post 42 program from 1968-1971. He was a standout player and person and highly regarded by his teammates. After high school, Arlyn went on to play college baseball at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Arlyn is currently retired and enjoys attending his grandsons Little League games in Gillette.
Austin Cowen- Played 2006-2008. Helped lead the Riders to their first ever State Championship in 2008. Starting shortstop and pitcher. All State selection in 2008. Hit .363 for his Riders career. 2nd All-time in Singles (76) for a season. 259 career hits in 3 year Varsity career. “Very smooth player defensively and could really hit.” Went on to play 4 years of college baseball (2 years MCC, 2 years Western Illinois). Drafted in the 35th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the LA Dodgers. Played 3 years in the Dodgers farm league. Currently coaching in the Sheridan Legion Baseball program.
Doug Evans- Doug started the Bulldogs baseball program 15 years ago and still heads up the Gillette Bulldogs program to this day. This was the first organized opportunity for kids who wanted to take baseball to the next level and be given a chance for competitive baseball. Insane to think of the hundreds of kids who have taken part in the Gillette Bulldogs and have come through the Gillette Rider program and now playing in college.
Doug has also been the Gillette Jr. Rider head coach since it started in 2012. This program has been one of the most instrumental programs when it comes to creating success for the Gillette Riders. Doug spends a lot of time working on travel schedules, on fund raising, on recruiting baseball players, travel, coaching in season and out of season, and creating great kids that filter right into the Rider program. Doug goes above and beyond and many regional foes have been trying to model their 13 year old program after the JR Riders program.
Doug has also promoted Rider baseball by creating one of the biggest and most competitive teener baseball tournaments around. The Tourney on the Turf has been a great success and brings people from the surrounding states to visit and use our amazing facilities.
Ryan Hutchison- Played 2006-2008. Helped lead the Riders to their first ever State Championship in 2008. Named State Tournament MVP of 2008 State Tournament. Went 4-5 with 2 homeruns, 2 doubles, and 6 RBI in the State Championship game. Played centerfield and pitcher. All State selection in 2007 and 2008. Hit .403 for his Riders career, with 33 Homeruns, 69 doubles, and a .730 slugging percentage. “Unbelievable athlete and all around player. Could do it all.” Went on to play 4 years of college baseball (2 years at Iowa Western CC and 2 years at Western Kentucky). Won the NJCAA National Championship at Iowa Western. Drafted in the 49th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Played for the Lake Erie Crushers and in the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization.
Ryan Iliff- Played 2005-2008. Helped lead the Riders to their first ever State Championship as a college returner in 2008. PItched a complete game shutout in the 2008 Championship game over Cheyenne. 3X All State Selection. Also was a very good hitter and first baseman, hitting over .384 for his career. All-time Riders leader in career pitching wins (33), Innings Pitched (296 ⅔), Complete Games (17), and ERA (2.56). “Most competitive guy I’ve ever coached, always wanted him in the big moments. A true Rider through and through!” Went on to play 4 years at Jamestown College where he is amongst the All-time leaders in many pitching categories. Coached 6 years as the Riders head assistant coach. Is currently in his 7th year coaching as the head assistant coach at the University of Jamestown. -
Seth Means- Played 2006-2008. Helped lead the Riders to their first ever State Championship in 2008. Played 3rd base and pitched. Hit .378 for his Riders career. Hit leadoff and led the team in stolen bases for 3 consecutive years. 2nd All-Time in Runs scored for a season (108). 2nd All Time in triples for a season (11). Career On Base percentage of .488. “Extremely tough, hard nosed player, who was the catalyst of our team.” Went on to play 4 years of college baseball (2 years Dodge City CC and 2 years University of North Dakota).