Tracy High and San Joaquin Delta College
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Big 12 Conference, NCAA Division 1
Tracy High graduate Noah Denoyer, class of 2016, is set to continue playing baseball at Oklahoma State University, but first he must see his team at San Joaquin Delta College through its run for a second consecutive state title.
The Mustangs are among the top four teams in the California Community College Athletic Association state championships, starting this weekend in Fresno.
In his junior and senior years at Tracy High, Denoyer was one of the Bulldogs’ leading pitchers and helped Tracy win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 South title for 2016.
From there he went to San Joaquin Delta College. In the summer after his freshman year, while pitching a game in the Northwoods League in Canada, he had to leave the mound shortly after he started because of pain in his elbow. The pain persisted through the fall, and after an MRI and a visit with a team doctor for the San Francisco Giants, he was found to have a torn ligament.
In December 2017, he had Tommy John surgery to repair the damage in his elbow. After taking a year off to allow his elbow to heal, while also working out and focusing on his studies at Delta College, he was back pitching again this spring, with the goal of becoming a Major League Baseball draft prospect or getting noticed by an NCAA Division 1 program.
By mid-April, he was regularly going five innings or more for the Delta College Mustangs, and college scouts, including those at Oklahoma State, had started to contact him. Earlier this month, he committed to Oklahoma State, where he will also study business.
As of this week he has a 4-0 record as a pitcher with a 4.26 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 38 innings. His victories include an 8-2 win over Modesto Junior College on May 6 as the Delta Mustangs (39-7, 19-5 Big 8) clinched their conference title.
The Mustangs will continue their season with their first game in the CCCAA championship tournament, playing against El Camino College of Torrance on Saturday. Joining Denoyer in Delta’s quest for a repeat state title is fellow Tracy High alumnus Thomas Greely, the Mustangs’ catcher.