Zach Welz, a 2011 Bear River graduate, was honored recently for his outstanding work both on and off the field.
Welz, who has spent the last two years as a member of the Solano Community College baseball team, was one of three players to receive the 2013 Pat Doyle Scholarship, which awards $750 to student–athletes at California community colleges who are baseball players. The attributes that qualify the recipients are based upon athletic/baseball success, academic proficiency and team and community involvement, according to http://cccbca.com.
Welz was a 2013 California Community College Baseball Coaches Association preseason All-American outfielder and recently signed his national letter of intent to play for Texas Southern University next season and major in business finance.
Solano coach Scott Stover described Welz as “a coach’s dream, a young man that you hope your son will grow up to be like and someone you want your daughter to marry. (Welz) is a five-tool player with a level head and a great mind.”
As a sophomore at Solano, Welz batted .331 with an on-base percentage of .421 while accounting for 19 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 11 doubles and six stolen bases. Scholastically, Welz earned the President’s Award and the Dean’s list while carrying a 3.78 GPA at Solano.
Michael Hostetler of Reedley College and Alon Leichman of Cypress College also received the scholarship. The CCCBCA executive board started the Doyle Scholarship in 2007 in the name of former president of the CCCBCA, Pat Doyle.