Lambrick trio hip to Texas baseball

Saanich fastballers commit to Gavelston College

Grade 11 Lambrick Park baseball players Carmen Eilertsen, Ruby Ortlieb and Rachael Bobroske (also from the Victoria Fastball Club) have verbally committed a year early to play for the Galveston College Whitecaps in Texas. (Submitted)

A trio of Lambrick Park baseball students and members of the Victoria Fastball Club have committed to Galveston College in Texas for 2018.

Lambrick’s renamed baseball academy is now called the Lambrick Park Collegiate Prep Academy, and this year it is setting a new bar with women’s baseball.

Grade 11 collegiate prospects Ruby Ortlieb, Carmen Eilertsen and Rachel Bobroske have already made a joint verbal commitment to Galveston despite the fact the trio doesn’t graduate until 2018. They will join 2017 Lambrick grad Rien Milliken who is head to Gavelston this September.

“It’s unheard of that a Canadian is verbally committing [in Grade 11],…… let alone 3 of them,” said the director of the Lambrick Park academy Rocky Vitale.

The foursome follow in the footsteps of 2015 Lambrick grad Leah Johnson, who was named a second team all-star in her debut season with the Galveston Whitecaps last year.

“These athletes will help sustain the Whitecaps Elite level program that we continue to strive for at Galveston,” said Ken Delcambre, head coach at Galveston. “I am excited about the commitment from these players and welcoming them to our program.”

Johnson is currently in her second year at Galveston. In her first year Johnson was a second team all-conference pitcher in Region 5, which is considered the top conference in U.S.A.’s National Junior College Athletic Association, Vitale said.

“The early interest and commitment shown by Galveston, an elite level NJCAA program, to these players is another example of the quality of players and the opportunities generated through the [Lambrick] collegiate prep academy and the Victoria Fastball Club,” Vitale said.

Lambrick’s Megan Smith has also committed to post-secondary next year with Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.