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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swede baseball inks three for 2014-15

  • Bethany College announced the signings of three new Swedes for the baseball program.
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  • Bethany College announced the signings of three new Swedes for the baseball program.
    Garrett Boothe, Merced, Calif., has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Bethany College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
    Boothe, a 5-foot-10 first baseman, third baseman and left fielder, comes to Bethany from Merced College. There, he set the school record for most doubles in a game, and earned Second-Team All-Conference honors as a freshman.
    Prior to his time at Merced College, Boothe attended Merced High School. He played baseball all four years of high school, starting three years on varsity while playing second, third and first base.
    Boothe helped the team go to section playoffs his senior year, and played on an All-Area team.
    In addition, Boothe played American Legion baseball with the Merced Volunteers beginning his sophomore year, and went to the state championship with the Volunteers for three years. He also played with the Atwater Aviators the summer of his freshman year of college.
    "I am very happy to announce that Garrett Boothe will be joining our program this fall," Bethany coach Andrew Basrtman said. "When I met with Garrett in California, I came away impressed with him as a person. He is the type of blue collar player that we are looking to build this program with. I also look for him to come in and swing the bat immediately for us."
    Boothe is the son of Julie and Jesse Boothe. He plans to major in history while at Bethany College.
    Jacob Nation, Lawrence, has also signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Bethany College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
    Nation, a 6-2 first baseman and outfielder, comes to Bethany from Lawrence High School. Nation played football throughout high school as a guard and defensive end, lettering his junior and senior years.
    In addition, Nation has played baseball in summer leagues for numerous years.
    "Jacob Nation is someone who really bought into what we are trying to do with our program while he was on campus," Bartman said. "His hard-working outlook and quiet demeanor are things that we need. Jacob's best baseball is ahead of him, and I look forward to seeing his continual development as a student and as an athlete."
    Nation is the son of Seth and Lori Nation. He plans to major in physics while at Bethany College.
    The last of the three signees is Richard Hidalgo, a 5-10 outfielder originally from Caracas, Venezuela, but comes to Bethany from Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois.
    Prior to his time at WVC, Hidalgo attended Paths High School in Kissimmee, Florida. He was the starting outfielder on the baseball team his sophomore through senior year, and was also on the A/B Honor Roll since his freshman year of high school.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I am excited to announce the signing of Richard Hidalgo, Jr. to our incoming class,"Bartman said. "Richard has been in a junior college program I really trust and I know he will come in prepared and ready to contribute right away."
    Hidalgo is the son of Aleida Hidalgo and Richard Hidalgo, Sr., and now resides in Orlando, Florida.
    He has a 3.2 grade point average, and plans to major in athletic training.

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