After back-to-back all-conference seasons as Feather River’s shortstop, a coach all the way across the country got word of his skills.
It was always Yocom’s plan to work his way to a Div. I program, but he never expected one as large as LSU would be his final destination. But Yocom will be headed to Baton Rouge, La. for his last two years of his college playing days.
When he visited the campus a few weeks ago, he enjoyed it so much he signed his letter-of-intent the day he returned from the trip.
“The fans are definitely one of the reasons. They’re so into their players and the games,” Yocom said. “There is like 7,000 people at the games. That was pretty cool. All the players greeted me, and they were just like any other baseball player I’ve played with.”
As a freshman, Yocom was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Golden Valley Conference. He was first team all-conference both seasons and was named to the all-academic team this year.
Yocom hit .354 with 52 RBIs, 49 runs and 19 doubles over the two seasons. More importantly, he developed many irreplaceable relationships at the Quincy, Calif. school.
“It was definitely the best two years of playing baseball of my life,” Yocom said. “I came here. I didn’t really have anyone come with me and I didn’t really know anyone. I just gained friends. Everyone on the team is my friend now. All the coaches are like family to me, and I owe a lot of my success to the coaches and the players around me.”
Yocom plans to major in Kinesiology at LSU, but he’s still a little in shock that he’ll be playing baseball in the Southeastern Conference next year.
“It’s pretty unbelievable. It still really hasn’t hit me. I don’t know when it will. It’s going to be a fun trip, and I’m just going to enjoy it,” he said.