TAHLEQUAH —Northeastern State has signed Oktaha High products to its baseball program, catcher Brayden Rodden and infielder Matt Irwin.
The two will also have a reunion with former Oktaha assistant Cotton Nye, who said he will come out of a one-year retirement to serve on the coaching staff. Nye is also a former MLB cross-checker.
Rodden played the last two seasons at Seminole State College. In 24 games as a sophomore, Rodden hit .329 with a pair of home runs and 24 RBIs. The switch hitter posted a .447 on-base percentage and added six doubles and one triple with 19 runs scored.
As a freshman, Rodden batted .354 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs, 17 doubles and had a .477 on-base percentage with 11 stolen bases.
Erwin, the 2018 All-Phoenix MVP, previously played at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. He hit .332 as a freshman before a wrist injury ended his season. He did not play this past season and is scheduled to have surgery on it in two weeks.
He joins right-handed pitcher Jon Moll out of Olathe, Kan., and CD White, a right-hand pitcher and utility player from Owasso.