Posted: 7:55 pm Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Baseball: Palm Beach State to sign nine local players 

By Matt Porter

Palm Beach State baseball coach Kyle Forbes doesn’t usually have to travel far to recruit.

His is one of the best junior college baseball programs in talent-rich Florida, and for the most part, he’s used local talent to build it.

Of the 10 players that will sign scholarships with the Panthers on Tuesday, nine are from Palm Beach County high schools.

“This is a very talented group,” Forbes said. “We are excited about this recruiting class.”

His pitching-rich class is headlined by Palm Beach Gardens right-handers: Joey Boyd, who as a junior led the Gators to the Class 8A state semifinals, and Riley Colbath, who battled injuries last year but should be part of a strong Gardens rotation this spring.

The Panthers will also sign Royal Palm Beach right-hander Justin Lauginiger, who went most of last season without allowing an earned run and finished 9-0 with an 0.97 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 50.2 innings; Anthony Delaney (6-1, 2.05, 80 strikeouts in 54.2 innings), who pitched for Summit Christian before transferring to American Heritage this year; Santaluces righty Peter Strzelecki (1-3, 1.93); and two pitchers from John I. Leonard: righty Noel Canete (4-3, 1.79) and lefty Jared Johnson.

Forbes said he will sign three position players: Palm Beach Central third baseman Ian Hagenmiller, Trinity Christian catcher Franco Guardascione, and Kissimmee-Poinciana catcher Willie Estrada, the only out-of-area player.

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