Baseball: Knappa’s Reuben Cruz will be a Roadrunner

Knappa senior Reuben Cruz, front center, sits surrounded by coaches and family after signing his letter-of-intent Wednesday.

A third member of Knappa’s baseball powerhouse signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday.

Senior Reuben Cruz, an all-state outfielder, announced his college of choice will be Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

Earlier, Logger pitcher Dale Takalo signed with Blue Mountain Community College, and catcher Kaleb Miller signed to play at Clark College.

While Takalo is likely the top pitcher in the Northwest League, Kaleb Miller is the best catcher, and Cruz can be called the best athlete.

According to Knappa coach Jeff Miller, Cruz will see action anywhere from catcher, pitcher, shortstop and the outfield in his final prep season.

In addition to his duties in the outfield, “Reuben Cruz will be our No. 2 catcher (behind Kaleb Miller), so we are stout at the catching position,” coach Miller said. “They can control a game from behind the plate, both of them.

“I don’t think there will be a better catcher anywhere than what we have. And if we go to our No. 2 catcher, I don’t think anybody has that quality either,” adding, “Reuben will also finally get to throw for us this year. We won’t lose a beat in moving Reuben to the mound or behind the plate.”

Among other all-state players on the Linn-Benton roster, Cruz will join Astoria graduate Fridtjof Fremstad.

Fremstad is a freshman shortstop with the Roadrunners.

Other players signed by Linn-Benton during the letter-of-intent signing period include Haldan Bjornson (Wilsonville), Hunter Hemenway (Gresham), Eric Hill (Wilsonville), Jacob Melton (South Medford), Jacob Overstreet (Henley) and Curtis Zamora (West Albany).

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