Bob Arens, a catcher from Northwest High School in Wichita, Kan.; Zach Beringer, a right-handed pitcher form Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Mo.; Cale Elam, a right-handed pitcher and infielder from Oktaha High School in Oktaha, Okla.; Kris Gardner, a left-handed pitcher from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas; Josh Halbert, an infielder from Choctaw High School in Choctaw, Okla.; Albert Minnis, a left-handed pitcher from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kan.; and Dayne Parker, a shortstop from Roff High School in Roff, Okla., have signed national letters-of-intent with the Shockers.
“We are extremely pleased with this early signing group,” Stephenson said. “All of these young men are quality individuals as well as outstanding young baseball players. We look forward to working together to achieve our goal of playing and winning at the highest level of Division I baseball.”
Arens hit .507 with 11 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 32 RBI for Northwest High School last spring. He earned first team all-state honors as the designated hitter in 2009 and was also named second team all-city as a catcher in 2009. In 2008, he was named honorable mention as a catcher.
Last spring for Harrisburg High School, Beringer went 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched. He allowed just 24 hits and struck out 79. He also hit .323 with four doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBI. He earned second team all-state honors in 2009 as a utility player and in 2008 was been named first team all-district, first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state.
Elam had a 1.87 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 56 innings last summer for the Oklahoma Travelers. He also walked just 13 batters. Offensively, he hit .385 with 20 doubles, three home runs and 43 RBI. He helped lead his team to the Class A fall season championship in 2009. He is also a standout on the basketball and golf teams.
Last spring for Prestonwood Christian Academy, Gardner went 4-4 with a 2.40 ERA, nine walks and 53 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. Offensively, he hit .328 with three doubles, one home run, 17 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He finished first on the team in victories and strikeouts and third in stolen bases. He earned all-district honors as well as being named all-state in 2009 and the district defensive player of the year in 2009.
Halbert hit .349 with two home runs, 17 RBI and 12 stolen bases last spring for Choctaw High School. Last summer for the Oklahoma Outlaws, he hit .435 with two home runs and 57 RBI. He earned all-city honors as well as being named an Oklahoman Prep Player of the Week.
Last spring for Lawrence High School, Minnis went 7-0 with a 0.57 ERA, and two saves in 49 innings pitched. He was named the all-Metro Player of the Year in 2009 and also earned first team all-state and first team all-league honors and played in the Area Code Games last summer. In 2008 for Park Hill High School in Kansas City, he went 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched. As a sophomore, he earned first team all-Northland, all-Metro and all-conference honors.
Parker hit .505 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI last spring for Roff High School and also went 4-1 as a pitcher. He helped lead the team to the Class B state title last spring and he played in the Area Code Games last summer. He also hit .480 with 11 home runs for his summer team, the Oklahoma Travelers. He earned honorable mention all-state honors.
WSU Fall Signees-Position-Hometown (High School)
Bob Arens-C-Wichita, Kan. (Northwest HS)
Zach Beringer-RHP-Harrisburg, Mo. (Harrisburg HS)
Cale Elam-RHP/INF-Oktaha, Okla. (Oktaha HS)
Kris Gardner-LHP-Coppell, Texas (Prestonwood Christian Academy)
Josh Halbert-INF-Choctaw, Okla. (Choctaw HS)
Albert Minnis-LHP-Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS)
Dayne Parker-SS-Roff, Okla. (Roff HS)