GJ’s Cosslett, Gastineau sign with junior colleges

Today is national signing day, but two Grand Junction High School athletes got a jump on the festivities Tuesday by signing with junior colleges.

Cierra Cosslett declared her intentions to play softball at Otero Junior College in La Junta and Tyler Gastineau scribbled his name to play baseball at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

Gastineau, a catcher, will go from being a Tiger to a Fighting Artichoke.

“I don’t know what the name is,” Gastineau said. “Coach (Alex Cherney) said once you get over the name you’re basically good. I don’t know where the name came from. But it’s definitely out there.”

Gastineau said he will have an opportunity to crack the starting lineup his first season.

That’s just one reason he’s headed to the land of dry heat.

“I like the facilities and you can’t beat the weather down there,” Gastineau said. “I also have family down there.”

Gastineau wasn’t an easy talent to spot, Tigers head baseball coach Kyle Rush said.

“These kids get to go out to these showcases,” Rush said, “because a lot of these guys don’t get noticed in Grand Junction, especially as far as baseball goes. There’s no junior colleges around and one school in town with (Colorado) Mesa.”

Cosslett, a pitcher, said she, too, will have a chance to see the field her freshman season.

But, unfortunately, she won’t be seeing her high school teammates.

“I’ll miss everyone, all my teammates; I was on so many teams,” she said. “I’ll definitely come back to visit every single one of them.”

In a town of La Junta that’s smaller in population than Grand Junction, she expects sports and classes to occupy the majority of her time.

“It’s a real small town,” she said. “But it’ll give me a chance to focus on school and sports instead of everything else that happens in college.”

Cosslett batted .443 with a slugging percentage of .770 this past season.


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