COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The College Summer Baseball Invitational is thrilled to announce the signings of third-baseman Riley Tirotta and pitcher Cole Pletka from the University of Dayton.
When D1Baseball.com released its preview of the Atlantic 10 conference, they ranked Tirotta and Pletka respectively as the first and seventh top prospects in the conference for the 2020 draft.
Tirotta had begun the 2020 season with high expectations and was delivering for the Flyers early with 15 RBIs in 14 games. The 6’ 3” Junior had a solid 2019 campaign that saw him start every game for Dayton. He led the team in hits, RBI, stolen bases and tallied five home runs and 16 multi-hit games. The South Bend, Indiana native has also spent the previous two summers playing in the prestigious Cape Cod and Northwoods collegiate leagues. When asked about playing in the CSBI, Tirotta said “this is a very exciting opportunity to play baseball after everything that’s been happening. It’s a sigh of relief for me and those around me for sure.”
Riley will be joined at the CSBI by teammate Cole Pletka. Pletka, a right-handed pitcher who stands at 6’ 8”, appeared in 14 games with 10 starts and a total of 56.1 innings pitched during the 2019 season and finished the year with 81 strikeouts and four wins. The Richmond, Texas native, like Tirotta, spent the previous summer playing in the Cape Cod league. Pletka logged 19.1 innings in the shortened 2020 season but managed to strike out 24 while only surrendering 15 hits. “An opportunity to play a little more baseball at a time when athletes are starved for a chance is a real blessing to me”, stated Pletka, “I can’t wait to step back on the mound.”
The Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational continues to add high quality athletes from all around the country. Western Carolina, a member of the Southern Conference, will send Junior outfielder Daylan Nanny to Bryan/College Station, Texas to compete this June.
Raised in the mid-west (Plainfield, Indiana, Nanny was an All-State player for Plainsfield High School before he headed to Arizona Western for his freshman collegiate season. In 57 games, Daylan batted .347 with 11 doubles and a .473 on base percentage that included 39 walks.
Nanny would transfer to Western Carolina in 2019 and proceed to start in 50 games for the Catamounts. Daylan hit .320 with a team best 19 doubles, and seven home runs which was good for second-most in the Southern Conference. Daylan Nanny played in 15 games this year as a junior, all starts including 12 in the outfield and three at first base. He finished the shortened season with four doubles and seven RBI while scoring 12 runs. This included three multi-hit games and two games with multiple RBI’s. “It is great to have something to look forward to and prepare for this year after the short end to the season. This is really an exciting experience!”, added Nanny when asked about the CSBI.