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Stubbings, Givin noted for skills on diamond

Legend, Rock Canyon athletes achieved impressive numbers

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Colorado Mesa has landed a polished hitter who can hit to all fields, but Xavier doesn’t know yet what it is getting.

Legend High School’s Jordan Stubbings, named the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Baseball Player of the year, has signed to play at Colorado Mesa.

Matt Givin of Rock Canyon High School will be joining his brother Chris at Xavier, but the Musketeers now have the pleasant task of figuring out how to use him.

Givin is a 6-foot-3 infielder who turned into a touted pitcher this spring and has been tabbed as the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Pitcher of the Year.

“Matt Givin for me was not only the top pitcher in the Continental League, but the best pitcher in the state,” said Rock Canyon coach Tyler Munro. “Matt originally committed to Xavier to play infield alongside his brother Chris, but he went from 84 mph last season and summer to throwing as hard as 94 mph this spring.

“This increased velocity was a combination of increased strength, conditioning and improved mechanics. Matt also showed three-plus pitches with a fastball that he would be able to hold to 89 mph in the seventh inning, plus a slurve and a change-up that he developed halfway through the season. Matt has a good feel for pitching, has the three pitches to be an effective starter and will only be adding velocity as he fills out.”

Givin led the league in hitting with a .532 average and an on-base percentage of .638 as mostly a first baseman when not pitching.

However, it was on the mound where he received more applause.

He went 5-1 with one save, had an earned run average of 1.48 in 52 innings pitched and 222 batters faced. He struck out 76 batters, which ranked third among Class 5A pitchers, and opposing batters had a .207 batting average against him.

Stubbings, a repeat CCM South Metro Player of the Year, wanted to improve from his junior season and leaves Legend holding school career records in three seasons on the varsity for home runs (17), slugging percentage (.877), on-base percentage (.531), batting average (.456) and runs batted in (59).

As a junior, he hit .500 with six homers, 32 RBIs and a .911 slugging percentage.

Last spring Stubbings hit .526, with 10 homers, a 1.076 slugging percentage and 39 RBIs. He led the Continental League in each category except average and was second among 5A players in homers, slugging percentage and RBIs.

“I had a good junior season,” said Stubbings. “I set a goal to break everything I did last season. I had a really good season. I really surprised myself and others”

Mesa will be getting a 6-foot-3, 215-pound third baseman with the potential to hit for power.

He had 41 hits as a senior and 20 of them went for extra bases.

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