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Dirtbags Add Another Prep Standout

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

Name Hometown School 2014 Stats Drafted
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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