June 11, 2012
The California baseball team has just added its fourth commitment of the 2013 class in Concord (Calif.) De La Salle right-handed pitcher Andrew Buckley, who represents the third Spartan to change the green and silver for the blue and gold over the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes.
Buckley won the North Coast Section Division I title by pitching a complete game in the O.co Coliseum, alongside current De La Salle teammates and fellow future Bears in 2012 catcher Mitchell Kranson and 2012 outfielder Sean Peters. Kranson was recently named the MVP of the East Bay Athletic League, and fellow 2012 signee Max Dutto was named to the first team. Peters earned second-team honors.
Both Peters and Buckley visited Berkeley on Friday, April 13 for the Bears' 7-6 win over Washington.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Buckley pulled the trigger on Sunday, and will come to Berkeley armed with an 87-90 mph fastball with a solid slider. Buckley is an intense competitor and athlete, who also plays wide receiver for the Spartans on the gridiron.
This season for the football team, Buckley caught 18 passes for 364 yards and one touchdown, punted the ball four times for 147 yards with a long of 49 and made seven total tackles on defense. He also completed a 58-yard touchdown pass.
On the hill, Buckley went 5-2 with one save in 13 appearances with two complete games. Buckley struck out 53 and walked 21 in 49.0 innings of work with a sparkling 1.71 ERA and a .187 batting average against.
Buckley will join top-flight Vacaville (Calif.) Will C. Wood hurler Trevin Haseltine as the two pitchers so far in the class, to go along with Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo shortstop Robbie Tenerowicz and Cal legacy Aaron Knapp, who joins the program of his brother Andrew and father Mike as a 5-foot-10, 170-pound strong-armed outfielder.
The Bears are far from done with the 2013 class, and are currently still working to flip Kevin Flemer, the younger brother of 2012 ace and 2011 all-conference closer Matt Flemer, a 26th-round selection of the Colorado Rockies. The younger Flemer is still committed to Oregon State, but it's a long way until he signs his letter of intent.