Freedom pitcher Jose Rodriguez has committed to Waubonsee (Ill.) Community College, former Patriots coach A.J. Leppla said Monday. With Rodriguez's commitment, Freedom has three college commits in the same class for the first time in school history.
Rodriguez (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) made two appearances for the Patriots (15-10) last season and earned a save in a 5-2 win over East Bay.
"He only threw a handful of innings or so for us, but was an outstanding young man to have in our program," Leppla said in a text message. "I've very proud of his hard work and dedication to his teammates and coaches, and I know he's going to do well up there."
Leppla, who resigned June 14 after three years, led Freedom to its first winning season in the program's nine-year history and advanced to the Class 7A region quarterfinals.
Kyle and Eric Schindler, twin brothers, both committed to St. Petersburg College in May.