May 4, 2011
Haley is another ex-Bella Vista pitcher excelling in college

In our high school baseball notebook item today on Bella Vista, we neglected to mention another former Broncos pitcher performing well in college.

Justin Haley, a sophomore, is a key contributor to the Fresno State Bulldogs pitching staff.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.91 earned run average in seven appearances for Fresno State. He has made four starts.

Haley is one of four area pitchers contributing to a Fresno State team that is 30-9 overall, 10-5 in the Western Athletic Conference and ranked No. 17 nationally by Baseball America.

The others are Haley's former Bella Vista teammate Charlie Robertson, Sheldon's Tyler Linehan and Roseville's Derek Benny. Former Elk Grove star Justin Charles, a reserve infielder, also is on the team.

Haley was a Bee All-Metro honorable mention selection in baseball and basketball as a senior in 2009.

During his senior year, Haley led the boys basketball team to a 25-5 record, its best season since 1990. He averaged a team-high 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Haley, who played last season at Sierra College, was drafted in the 46th round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.

-Bill Paterson



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