July 30, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Head coach Troy Buckley announced the signing of Keola Paragas to a National Letter of Intent to join the Long Beach State Dirtbags. Paragas signed the NLI after a standout senior season at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev.
Paragas excelled both on the mound and at the plate as a senior and grabbed the Nevada State Player of the Year honors from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The left-hander pitched just a few innings as a junior due to injury but came back with a dominating senior year.
"We are excited to add Keola to our program. He had a fantastic senior year on both the pitching and offensive side of the ball," commented Buckley. "He is very competitive, external, athletic and talented, which will translate to aiding us as a pitcher and outfielder."
The Dirtbags late signee dominated on the mound to the tune of an 8-3 record and a 1.29 ERA. He had 79 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched and threw eight complete games.
At the plate, Paragas was a middle of the order hitter for Green Valley. He hit .382 with 22 extra-base hits and 36 runs batted in. He smacked 13 doubles, four triples and five homers.
Paragas will join the Dirtbags for the 2015 season and joins a class of nine more prep signees and five junior college transfers.
2014 Long Beach State Signees
|David Banuelos||La Verne, Calif.||Damien HS||.395, 4 HR, 24 RBI|
|Brock Lundquist||Fountain Valley, Calif.||Fountain Valley HS||.259, 6 HR, 24 RBI||37th Rd. (1,122)|
|Chris Mathewson||Fontana, Calif.||Kaiser HS||9-2, 0.79 ERA, 1 PG, 105 K
.511, 3 HR, 33 RBI
|28th Rd. (846)|
|Darren McCaughan||Downey, Calif.||Los Alamitos HS||All-Sunset League First Team|
|Chris McCready||Valencia, Calif.||Valencia HS||.229, 3 2B, 12 runs|
|Garrett Nelson||Concord, Calif.||Clayton Valley HS||.333, 9 2B, 10 RBI|
|Keola Paragas||Henderson, Nev.||Green Valley HS||8-3, 1.29 ERA, 79 K
.382, 13 2B, 5 HR, 36 RBI
|Joseph Sanchez||Orange, Calif.||Orange Lutheran HS||.194, 10 RBI|
|Sean Trimble||Corona, Calif.||Temescal Canyon HS||7-2, 1.17 ERA
.381, 7 2B, 17 RBI
|Jack Wheeless||Clovis, Calif.||Buchannan HS||DNP|
|Josh Advocate||Mohave Valley, Ariz.||Cochise JC (Ariz.)||6-3, 2 SV, 3.69 ERA, 70 K|
|Ryan Cruz||Grenada Hills, Calif.||Col. of the Canyons||6-6, 3.91 ERA, 62 K||29th Rd. (868)|
|Trey Ferketic||Laguna Niguel, Calif.||Saddleback JC||4-5, 3.22 ERA, 45 K|
|Jared James||Sacramento, Calif.||Sacramento City||.351, 12 SB, 3 HR, 22 RBI||30th Rd. (913)|
|Nico Maida||San Diego, Calif.||Grossmont JC||.346, 10 SB, 18 RBI|
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