ESCANABA, MI – The Bay College Baseball Program has signed their first two players for their inaugural season. Bryce Tharp, a Stephenson native, and Tyler Ziegler from Hortonville, Wisconsin have signed their National Letters of Intent.
Bryce Tharp is a 2017 graduate of Stephenson High School, where he played for his father, Jim Tharp. He also played for the Menominee Red Wave American Legion Baseball team that finished as state runners up to Gladstone last summer. Tharp pitched a complete-game shutout in his only appearance on the mound in that tournament in downstate Gladwin.
"Bryce came highly recommended when I took over this position," said Bay College Head Baseball Coach Mike Pankow. "After meeting and talking with him, it did not take long to realize that he is the type of young man that will be a great fit for this program. A talented pitcher and a dedicated individual, he is an outstanding individual, I cannot wait to work with him next season."
Bryce will attend Bay College to continue his education as an Engineering Major.
Tyler Ziegler graduated from Hortonville High School in 2017, a team that won their WIAA Regional Championship in Division 1. Tyler posted a 4-2 record on the mound for the Polar Bears, with one save. He would end the spring season with a 2.97 ERA and tie for a team high 11 appearances. This past summer, playing for Hortonville Legion, Ty played for Coach Pankow and would continue to be a workhorse, leading the team in appearances and logging the second most innings of the summer. Ziegler struck out 19 in 28 innings of work and ended with a 3.50 ERA. He would also hit .325 with a .372 on base percentage in the Legion season.
"While Ty's main focus will be on pitching for the Norse, he brings an awful lot of versatility to our team," said Pankow. "This is a young man that I have seen play all nine positions on the field effectively, he is the definition of a utility player, and he is happy to contribute in whatever way he is needed. I am excited to continue to coach Ty, he will be an important piece of the Norse Baseball Program going forward."
Ziegler will focus his studies in the Water Resource Management Program at Bay College.
The Bay Norse is set to begin play in the 2018-19 school year and will compete at the NJCAA Division II level. For more information and to continue to follow Norse Athletics, go to www.baynorse.com.