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Kyle Doyle of Kentwood and Brian Olson of Tahoma sign letters of intent to play baseball for Seattle University | College Signings

Seattle University head baseball coach Donny Harrel has announced seven student-athletes signed national letters of intents including Kentwood High’s pitcher Kyle Doyle and Tahoma High’s catcher Brian Olson.

The students plan to attend the university and join the baseball program beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

“We are very excited about this class because we have finally won some battles with other schools for the top high school players on the West Coast,” Harrel said in a statement. “We will lose three arms to graduation this spring and were able to fill those spots and add some depth as well on the mound.

“Our position player needs were very specific and we took care of those immediate needs as well. Casey Powell, our recruiting coordinator, does a great job, along with Dave Wainhouse, our pitching coach, on identifying who ‘really fits’ into our Seattle University family. It is a great class to add to a young program and we can use this class to add other top recruits down the road.”

Doyle posted a 3-0 record with two saves and a 2.45 earned run average last season at Kentwood as the Conquerors won the 2010 4A state baseball champsionship in May.

A 6-foot-3-inch left-handed pitcher, Doyle was the most valuable player of the 2010 Safeco High School Classic and earned All-South Puget Sound League North honors with his performance.

“Kyle has a tremendous upside with his body and arm action. He is very competitive in the trenches and showed no fear when facing advanced hitters,” Harrel said. “As Kyle gets stronger, I believe he has a chance to pitch beyond college. He has a quick, loose arm with good movement that will help us right away.”

Olson has been a two-time all-league performer as the catcher for the Tahoma High School varsity team.

He hit .486 with a .588 on-base percentage in the 2009 season and .406 with a .513 on-base percentage in the 2010 campaign. A two-time winner of the SPSL Scholar-Athlete Award, he has been selected twice for the Northwest Championship Tournament as well as for the 2010 Mariner Cup Game at Safeco Field.

“Brian gives us a totally different dynamic behind the plate. He can truly shut down the running game just by his arm strength and defensive abilities. He will be a great leader for us on and off the field,” said Harrel. “Brian is a perfect example of what Seattle University is all about. He is great in the classroom, involved with the community, and a pure human being.”

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