May 24, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Costa Mesa star Riley Mitchell commits to play college baseball at Biola

Riley Mitchell of Costa Mesa has announced his college decision. (Photo courtesy Mitchell family)

Costa Mesa High School baseball standout Riley Mitchell has committed and signed to play college baseball at Biola University, according to a release on the athletic website at the college and his father, Bill Mitchell.

“Riley is a dynamite fit for Biola University and Biola baseball,” said Coach Jeff Calhoon in the website story. “He plays with high energy and brings another left handed bat that can run into our program. He has the ability to play both the middle infield and outfield at a high level and should be exciting to watch in our offensive plan. I am fired up to have him in our family.”

Mitchell helped lead Costa Mesa High’s baseball team to its most successful season in almost 60 years during his junior year in 2019. After going 9-6 in Orange Coast League play, the team advanced to the Division 6 CIF final with four consecutive victories.

The Mustangs lost to Rio Hondo Prep 9-7 in the title game.

Mitchell scored what turned out to be the winning run in the semifinal game.

He wound up with 22 stolen bases and 36 hits during his career at Costa Mesa, according to the release.

Mitchell is a four-time scholar-athlete and started a Christian club at Costa Mesa High. He plans to major in business administration at Biola and looks forward to continued growth in his Christian faith while he’s in the baseball program.

“I really liked the players that I interacted with and thought the coaches were amazing,” said Mitchell in the release. “Walking around campus it felt like home and I could tell everyone has a deep relationship with Christ. I also feel like this is a place where I will grow in my walk and have an amazing time playing baseball.”

Source: Brandon Taylor, Biola assistant sports information director

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