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SSHS grad signs to play baseball at So. Florida
by Damian Tromerhauser
Aug 16, 2012 | 3000 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Right-hander Alex Vetter gets in some work during the 2010 prep season.
Tribune file photo - Right-hander Alex Vetter gets in some work during the 2010 prep season.
Following a pair of stellar seasons at Feather River College, former Spanish Springs ace Alex Vetter has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the University of South Florida.

As a sophomore for the Golden Eagles, Vetter stood out this spring, compiling a stat line highlighted by a 5-2 record and a 2.60 ERA along with 45 strikeouts and just 17 walks over 55.1 total innings. His impressive work on the bump earned Vetter a unanimous first-team Golden Valley Conference selection as he helped lead the Golden Eagles to the Super Regionals of the California Community College Baseball Playoffs.

Vetter said a large part of the reason he received the opportunity to play at South Florida was the instruction he took in while with the Golden Eagles.

“Without Feather River I don’t think I’d be the pitcher I am today,” Vetter said. “That’s where I really honed my craft, I guess you could say. Coach Terry Baumgartner, he really helped me out with things. Without them, I don’t think I’d be playing Division I baseball.”

Following his season with Feather River, the 2010 Spanish Springs graduate played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate league, where he went 2-1 with an ERA of 2.70 in 35 inning of work. His showings garnered him interest from a number of universities, including Connecticut and Maryland while also receiving offers from Nevada and Kansas State. For Vetter though, the choice was simple.

“I could have stayed locally and played at UNR, but I decided to branch out and meet new people and go across the country to see new things,” Vetter said. “On my visit I really loved the campus. It was a great campus and you can’t beat the weather down there, obviously. Those were two of the big factors.”

Once the Bulls offered the 6-foot-7 right-hander a spot in their rotation, he was able to relax from the strain of recruiting.

“It was just a big relief off my shoulders,” Vetter said. “I just knew right away after I took my visit that I wanted to go there. It was just a big relief knowing I was going to play there once they did offer me a scholarship.”

While the weather of the Sunshine State and the aesthetics of the campus were certainly appealing to Vetter, the chance to improve his chances of continuing his baseball career after college was another deciding factor.

“Another big reason I chose South Florida was because if I go across the country, then I’m going to get looked at by a whole new set of scouts,” Vetter said. “That was kind of a big deal. That will help me on my future endeavors too.”

Vetter, who the Arizona Diamondbacks selected in the 32nd-round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, certainly has a bright future ahead. For now though, he is focused on helping his new team win a title.

“I just want to be able to contribute to the team and hopefully win a Big East championship,” Vetter said. “I hope I can just be one of the weekend starters. Hopefully the Friday night starter. Hopefully then I can help lead us into the Big East and the NCAA regionals.”

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