The following student athletes have signed letters of commitment to attend South Suburban College next fall. These players join an impressive legacy of SSC Bulldogs Baseball. The current student athletes’ graduation rate is 75% and some of whom have gone on to study and compete higher levels including the Major Leagues.
Head Baseball Coach Steve Ruzich has coached eleven All-Americans including 2013 1st team Steve Letz and 2006 1st team (and present assistant coach) Lee Fischer, who was also voted best defensive player in the nation that year. As a player himself, “Coach Ru” was named second team All-American Catcher, All-District Catcher and All-Area Catcher.
SSC has had 210 players have continued on to four-year college programs. 24 of Bulldog baseball players were drafted by major league teams including six players that have reached the big leagues including Rob Mackowiak, Tim Brydak, Ron Mahay and Tony Cingrani. Cingrani is currently pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
These recruits will be on the upcoming Fall baseball roster.
Josh Bentley (signed 2019)
Josh plays second base for Lockport High School.
Tommy Dougherty (signed 2019)
A right-handed pitcher and outfielder, Tom plays for Shepard High School.
Ryan McGrath (signed 2019)
Ryan is a right-handed pitcher and pitches for St. Lawrence High School in Burbank, IL.
Ryan Rinearson (signed 2019)
Ryan catches for Mt. Carmel.
Jorge Santos (signed 2019)
Jorge played outfield for Homewood Flossmoor High School.
Joe Tor (signed 2019)
A right-handed pitcher, Joe is from Lockport High School.
Tommy Windt (signed 2019)
Tommy is a right-handed pitcher and infielder from Carl Sandburg High School.