The 2014 NCAA early signing period for baseball officially opened last Wednesday November 12. The Garden City Community College baseball program had four players sign with NCAA programs. The four early signees mark the largest early signing class in Chris Finnegan's ten year tenure. "We are extremely excited for these four individuals to be signing with 4-year programs. They are all excellent examples of student athletes that have worked hard in the classroom and within our program to achieve their goals for continuing their baseball careers," Finnegan said.
Tucker made the Busters offense go in 2014. The first team all-conference outfielder hit .338 and scored 60 runs. He led the Busters in stolen bases with 32. Tucker ranked second in all of NJCAA division 1 with 14 triples. He also hit five home runs and six doubles. For his efforts he was named the Garden City Community College Baseball Team MVP in 2014.
Yacovetta entered Garden City in the fall of 2012. He would redshirt the 2013 season due to injury and return in 2014 to be a major piece of the Busters Bullpen. Yacovetta logged 23.1 innings in 2014 with a 2.70 ERA. He struck out 20 and walked just seven.
Benes paced the Busters on the mound last season. As the #1 starter Benes managed to notch the lowest ERA on the team at 2.69. He also struck out 74 batters while walking just 29. His best performance came in a 1-0 victory over Coffeyville in the opening round of the Region 6 tournament. Benes threw a complete game shutout to lead the Busters into round two.