College of the Ozarks head baseball coach Neale Richardson and assistant Justin McMillin have recently added three new players to the 2016-2017 Bobcats’ squad—outfielder Chad Reusch, catcher Westin Gann, and shortstop/pitcher Zac Bolstad. Each player will look to contribute to the team next season.Justin Gann – Front: Brian Gann (dad), Westin Gann, Michelle Gann (mom); Rear: Coach Howser, Coach McMillin
Zac Bolstad - Front: Jerri Bolstad (mom), Zac Bolstad, Danny Bolstad (dad); Rear: Lindsey Bolstad (sister) and Coach Hardcastle, Coach Richardson
Chad Reusch – Front: Russ Reusch (dad), Chad Reusch, Leeann Reusch (mom); Rear: Coach McMillin, Coach Richardson and Coach Nimmo
The first of these new additions is Chad Reusch. Reusch is an outfielder for the Branson Pirates, who went 15-12 overall last season with a 5-2 conference record. Reusch ended the year batting .272 with 22 hits, 6 doubles, 19 runs, and 13 RBI, while stealing a perfect 17 bases in 17 attempts. Reusch has lettered in baseball both his sophomore and junior years at Branson High School. In addition, he also competed with the Branson varsity summer travel team. This past summer, Reusch hit with an average over .400, as he collected 19 hits, 16 runs, 11 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Reusch will finish his senior year at Branson and hopes to have a successful season with the Pirates.
Zach Bolstad is a three-year letterman for Siloam Springs High School in Arkansas. Bolstad plays shortstop and pitcher for the Panthers. Last season Zac went 2-0 as a starting pitcher with a 2.21 ERA. Bolstad also lead the Panthers in hits and OBP, earning the team MVP award and All-Conference honors. During the summer, Bolstad played with the NWA Prospects. Bolstad ended the summer batting .362, with 30 hits, a .448 slugging percentage, and a .508 OBP, as the Prospects closed the season with a 14-14 record. Bolstad will be the 2016 team captain for the Panthers this season and looks to finish his senior season strong.
Westin Gann is a multi-sport athlete from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. Gann played both football and baseball for the Chiefs during his high school career. In baseball, Gann has been a three-year varsity starter at the catching position. Gann received All-Conference honorable mention in his junior season, and last year he helped lead the Class 5 Kickapoo Chiefs to a 3rd place finish as the team captain. Gann maintained a 3.4 GPA, and served on the student council. He also volunteers at the Varsity Letterman’s Club where they read to elementary children.
Coach Richardson and the Bobcats look forward to the talents these athletes will bring to the College of the Ozarks baseball program in the coming years.