May 16, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A San Clemente High School pitcher and a Long Beach City College catcher have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their baseball and academic careers at Cal Poly.
Brett Wells, a Cerritos High School graduate who played at Dayton in 2018 and Long Beach City College this spring, and Connor Wilford, who has compiled a 1.67 career ERA at San Clemente, raise the recruiting class of 2019 to 10 members.
Wells (6-1, 200) hit .278 with nine doubles, three triples, one home run and 23 RBIs at Long Beach City College this spring, leading the Vikings to a 28-17 record, a first-place tie in the South Coast Conference's South Division and a berth in the California Community College state playoffs, where LBCC defeated Ventura in two of three regional games before falling to Orange Coast in the Super Regionals.
As a freshman at Dayton a year ago, Wells (pictured at left) played in 27 games with eight starts and hit .212 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases in three attempts.
A 2017 graduate of Cerritos High school, Wells produced back-to-back .400 seasons at the plate, including a .426 mark with 10 doubles, three triples and 27 RBI en route to 2016 Area Player of the Year honors as selected by Hews Media Group.
A two-time All-Area first-team selection, Wells was named to the 2017 Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team as well as a spot on the All-CIF-Southern Section Division 4 second team. He played club ball for the SoCal Birds.
A catcher and first baseman, Wells helped Cerritos under head coach Scott Parsonage to an 18-13 mark in 2017.
Wilford (pictured at right) made nine starts on the mound this season for the Tritons under head coach David Gellatty with one complete game — a four-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Trabuco Hills. He struck out 91 batters in 88 innings over two varsity seasons.
Wilford (6-4, 211) was 2-5 with a 1.17 ERA this spring and 1-1 with a 2.62 ERA and one save as a junior in 2018.
The Tritons were 14-14-2 this spring.
In November, Cal Poly announced the signings of eight baseball players, all from high schools:
Kyle Ashworth, OF, 6-0, 180, Santa Ana, CA (Foothill High School)
Brooks Lee, SS, 6-1, 180, San Luis Obispo, CA (San Luis Obispo High School)
Nick Marinconz, INF, 5-11, 165, San Jose, CA (Valley Christian High School)
Shane Sasaki, OF, 6-0, 160, Mililani, HI (Iolani High School)
Kyle Scott, RHP, 6-3, 195, Seal Beach, CA (Mater Dei High School)
Kaden Sheedy, RHP, 6-0, 200, Bakersfield, CA (Stockdale High School)
Drew Thorpe, RHP, 6-4, 190, St. George, Utah (Desert Hills High School)
Derek True, RHP, 6-2, 175, Carpinteria, CA (Santa Barbara High School)