Congratulations to Zac Welz ( Solano College ), Michael Hostetler (Reedley College ) and Alon Leichman ( Cypress College ) who were selected as the recipients of the 2013 Doyle Scholarship.
The CCCBCA executive board started the Doyle Scholarship in 2007 in the name of former President of the CCCBCA Pat Doyle. The scholarship awards 750.00$ to student – athletes at California community colleges who are baseball players. The attributes that qualify the recipients are based upon athletic/baseball success, academic proficiency, and team and community involvement.
Zac Welz – Solano College – Coach Scott Stover
Zach came to Solano College from Bear River High School. Zac earned the President’s Award and the Dean’s list while carrying a 3.78 GPA at Solano.
Zac was a 2013 CCCBCA pre-season All-American outfielder. He plans to accept a scholarship and play baseball at either Texas Southern University or Florida Atlantic and to major in Business Finance.
Coach Scott Stover described Zac as “ A coaches dream, a young man that you hope your son will grow up to be like and someone you want your daughter to marry. Zac is a 5 tool player with a level head and a great mind.”
It is an honor to give this scholarship award to a young man of Zac’s quality.
Michael Hostetler – Reedley College – Coach Steve Pearse
Mike came to Reedley College from Hanford West High School. Mike’s Reedley College career was punctuated by earning all conference honors as an infielder from the Central Valley Conference in both of his season’s of competition. Mike’s career at Reedley College was culminated with the honor of being named the college’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year.
Mike has been extensively involved in youth baseball clinics in the communities of Reedley and Hanford during his college career . He enjoys giving back to the young players and motivating them to aspire to get the most out of their opportunities.
Mike carried a 3.3 GPA at Reedley College. He has accepted a scholarship to Fresno Pacific University where he will continue his baseball career and major in Criminal Justice. Mike plans to enter the law enforcement field with the FBI as his ultimate goal.
Coach Pearse describes Mike as “ The embodiment of what means to be a studnt-athlete at Reedley College. Mike sets the bar very high for other student-athletes to aspire to.”
Alon Leichman – Cypress College – Coach Scott Pickler
Alon came to Cypress College from Kibbutz Gezer located not far from Tel Aviv, Israel. Alon’s father David, helped develop Kibbutz Gezer and his mother, Miri, is a Rabbi. The Kibbutz has a baseball field and it is where Alon plied his trade as a shortstop and pitcher.
Alon has carried a 3.4 GPA at Cypress and plans on transferring to a Div.1 school most likely Miami of Ohio to continue his academic and baseball career.
At Cypress Alon has assisted in Adaptive PE classes for 3 hours each week as well as leading exercise programs for Jewish senior citizens. Coach Pickler says the following, “Alon is the ultimate teammate. He pushes others to take their game to the next level.”
Alon had Tommy John surgery as a freshman and battled back to be a short inning relief specialist. This role changed dramatically in the final game of the Super Regional with a trip to the State finals on the line. Alon was given his first start of his Cypress career against Mt. SAC. Alon’s line was: 9 inn pitched – no runs allowed - 6 hits and a trip to Fresno for an eventual State Championship. Not bad for a kid from the Kibbutz!!