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Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:52 pm | Updated: April 17, 2015 12:22 pm | Permalink

FIRESIDE IN SAN DIEGO: Last month before upsetting No. 29 San Diego State the night before, BYU baseball held a fireside where coach Mike Littlewood, catchers Jarrett Jarvis and Grant Hodges and first baseman Cole Wilstead all spoke on the theme overcoming adversity.

Wilstead pointed out the story of the apostle Peter losing sight of his goal when he had been walking on the water, then started sinking. Jarvis spoke about his wife's bout with illness, and Hodges spoke on "why me?" as he told of having to come home early from a mission to Utah because of migraine headaches. Among the questions asked by youth in attendance was how BYU players felt about not playing on Sunday.

GRADUATION THIS MONTH: Jeff Barker (economics) and Dillon Robinson (finance) from this season's team are scheduled to graduate this month and Brandon Kinser (geography) is scheduled to graduate in August.  From last year's team, Kelton Caldwell (geography) and Brock Whitney (exercise science) are scheduled to graduate this month and Bret Lopez graduated last December (exercise science).

PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Adam Law, outfielder for the single A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (BYU) and coach Mike Littlewood's son Marcus Littlewood, catcher, Bakersfield Blaze are in the same league in California where the BYU mentor watched them play following the Cougars' games at LMU and Cal State Northridge.

Match the rest of the assignments for former Cougars playing in the pro ranks:

 
Jaycob Brugman, outfielder   AA Mobile Baybears
Matt Carson, outfielder
  A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Taylor Cole, pitcher   Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie, pitcher   AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Jacob Hannemann, outfielder   AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers
Adam Miller, pitcher   AA Midland RockHounds

Answer: Reverse the order of the columns

PROSPECTIVE FOOTBALL TEAM: The Cougar baseball team could field a partial football team with players who had the following positions for their high school teams:
Punters: Paxton Larson and Keaton Cenatiempo
Tight End: Cole Wilstead
Linebacker: Colton Shaver and Dallen Reber
Quarterback: Wyatt Padgett.

Speaking of Shaver, here's a link to an interesting story about him losing a rib in high school due to a blood clot.

MISSION CALLS: James Barker and Paxton Larson are processing mission papers, but have not yet received their calls. The two freshmen are the only Cougars residing in Helaman Halls dormitories.

SPOTLIGHT TRAINER ALEX DAVIS: The Cougar trainer has an extensive playing career as a prep baseball player at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. An anonymous source says: Alex was the starting shortstop for Utah Hall of Fame coach Jon Hoover. He was also the starting shortstop for the Utah State University baseball club. While at USU he played against Coach Littlewood and his staff when they were at Dixie State. While he was getting his graduate degree at Weber State he was an athletic trainer intern for the Salt Lake Bees and worked on future major league players such as Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos.

TUCKETT TRAVELS: Former BYU athletic director/baseball coach Glen Tuckett continued his travels earlier this month when he attended the funeral of contemporary baseball coach “Bobo” Brayton, 89, of Washington State in Pullman. Tuckett’s record vs. Brayton was 6-5.