November 22, 2005 > Ohlone shortstop signs with Long Beach
Ohlone shortstop signs with Long Beach
by Joyce Leung
Ohlone College shortstop Jason Tweedy today signed a scholarship letter of intent to play baseball for Long Beach State University. In 2005, six other Ohlone players have been on NCAA Division I scholarships (perhaps the highest number among all Bay Area community college baseball teams).
Tweedy - who was recruited by colleges, literally, from coast to coast - said he chose Long Beach for two main reasons. "I'd like to play beyond college and the best way to make that happen is to play great competition. At Long Beach, I'll be competing against great players in every practice and we'll face great teams in every game." And Tweedy said he chose Long Beach because, "we want to get back to Omaha (the College World Series) and I want to help."
Long Beach is one of America's top college baseball programs. The "Dirtbags" have been in the College World Series four times in the last 17 seasons. During that time, they've been to 15 regionals, won seven Big West Conference titles, and had 15 players chosen in the first two rounds of the Major League draft. This year, 13 former "Dirtbags" played in the Major Leagues.
When Tweedy signed his scholarship on the Ohlone College campus, it was hardly a new experience to Renegade Head Baseball Coach Paul Moore. Since 2002, alone, Moore has placed 31 Renegades with 4-year college baseball teams. "Jason Tweedy is an exceptional player. He's made an outstanding choice. Jason has turned down bigger offers to attend Long Beach State because he has higher goals and he sees the 'Dirtbag' program as a better way to reach those goals," Moore said. "It's attitudes like these which make Jason attractive to both players and coaches - and which say a great deal about him as a person."
Jason Tweedy was a highly regarded prospect out of Newark Memorial High School in 2004. A two-time MVAL all-star, he was drafted in the 26th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates that summer.
At Ohlone, Tweedy led the 2005 Renegades in runs, hits, RBIs, doubles, triples, and tied for the lead in home runs. "I came here because I knew Ohlone would prepare me to play at the next level," Tweedy said. "Each coach knows his part of the game so well. They give you hundreds of hours of personal instruction; then they push you to improve your game every day. Our team has a lot of hard work ahead of us because we intend to add to the Renegade reputation this year."
Ohlone College is one of Northern California's premiere community college baseball programs. The Renegades have been regional champions three of the past four years; in 2004, they finished third in the State.