TORRINGTON – Former Torrington Tiger pitcher and infielder Caeden Riley has officially committed to continue his baseball career at Miles City (Montana) Community College.
As recently as Aug. 7 at the Wyoming Legion ‘A’ All-Star baseball game in Douglas, he was still undecided what he wanted to do, but after receiving a call from the Miles City coaching staff while on vacation, Riley decided it was the right thing to do.
“It was more of the ‘what if’, down the road type aspect,” Riley said. “I decided to go do it. It’s probably what I should do.”
It has been more than a month since his official visit to the school, but on that visit, there was a quick connection with the coaches.
“I went on my visit a little more than a month ago, and right away, the coaches, they were awesome. I enjoyed the environment,” Riley said. “The seemed like the perfect coaching staff. They were the only school to give me an offer.”
Last season, the Miles City Pioneers went 44-16, winning the Region XIII championship before falling in the North Plains District Championship with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
Riley will join another former Tiger in Miles City – Cameron Murphy.
“I played with Cameron ever since I started playing baseball in Little League,” Riley said. “It’s going to be exciting and fun.”
Riley added, having Murphy there will help with the transition to the new school.
Riley was a part of the resurgence of the Torrington Tiger baseball program the last several season, which included two third-place finishes at the state tournament.
“It was awesome,” Riley said. “Being a part of the rebuild process was a surreal experience. We put Torrington baseball on the map where not many people thought it could be.”
The last two season’s Riley earned Wyoming ‘A’ Pitcher of the Year honors and sported a 5-3 record with a 3.96 ERA and 95 strike outs this season on the mound for the Tigers.
Riley will continue to pursue a business degree which he started last year at Eastern Wyoming College. He departs for Miles City on Sept 2, as schools begins Sept. 8.