Hayden Sylte commits to Division 1 North Dakota State
Riders senior Hayden Sylte has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. NDSU competes in the Summit Conference and last season finished 19-24 overall. Sylte becomes the first Riders player in Coach Perleberg’s tenure to sign a NCAA Division 1 scholarship out of high school and the 52nd Rider to sign collegiately during his tenure.
NDSU Head Coach Tod Brown on Sylte: "We are excited to have Hayden join our program in the Fall of 2020. Hayden comes from a great family with a strong work ethic both in the classroom and on the field. He is a strike thrower and the ultimate competitor on the mound. Hayden will make a great addition to our pitching staff from day 1.
NDSU Pitching Coach Tyler Oakes on Sylte: “We are truly excited to add Hayden to our baseball program. He will represent NDSU in a positive way both on and off the field. He fits exactly what we are looking for in a pitcher and will be a welcome addition to our pitching staff. Our coaching staff loves how he attacks the strike zone, can throw multiple pitches for strikes, and possess a toughness that you need in order to compete at a high level.”
Sylte, a senior, was the Wyoming Pitcher of the Year last season. It was a well deserved award for the 5’11" right hander who had a phenomenal junior campaign. Sylte was 8-5 with 1 save on the season and pitched in all the biggest of games for the Riders. He allowed just 38 hits in 67 innings pitched, with 84 strikeouts. His 1.90 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and .165 Batting Average Against show his dominance this season. Sylte had just 8 stolen bases against in 67 innings on the mound. Hayden is also the Riders lead-off hitter and has led the Riders offensively in many categories over the past few years. Hayden was a 1st team All-Selection in 2018 and 2019.
Coach Perleberg on Sylte: “Anyone who watched Hayden pitch the State semi-final game last summer in Gillette, know the type of pitcher and competitor that this young man is. We have a saying in our program that if you’re best players are not your hardest workers/teammates, then you have a problem. Hayden day in and day out is the first one in the facility and the last one to turn off the lights on the way out. He has earned this opportunity and he’s such a testament to where hard work and dedication will take you. No one is more deserving of this scholarship than Hayden Sylte. Aside from his work ethic, Hayden is the type of teammate and leader that makes everyone around him better. Not to mention he is a 4.0 student and a guy that you want your sons to aspire to be both on and off the field. He is a very special young to me and the Riders program."
The Riders family is extremely proud of Hayden on this great accomplishment and we look forward to seeing what your future holds. Hayden is the son of Tom and Melanie Sylte of Gillette. He will graduate this Spring from Thunder Basin High School.