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Head Coach Steve Jaksa talks to umpires after a call at Theunissen Stadium. Jaksa and the Central Michigan baseball program rounded out their 2013-14 recruiting class with the addition of two pitchers and a position player.
Baseball Welcomes Three Signees

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan baseball head coach Steve Jaksa has announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters on Intent.

Pitchers Skylar Janisse (Maidstone, Ontario/Salt Lake Community College) and Braxton Markle (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) and infielder Christopher Thibideau (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia/Vauxhall) will join the Chippewas in the fall of 2013-14.

“These signees help round out our class a little bit,” said Jaksa. “We wanted to get a little bit of balance of what we felt we needed still. We were able to get a position player and a couple of pitchers to go along with the recruits we already had committed in the fall and put what we hope will be the final touches on this class.”

“This class is going to give us some depth. You can never have enough pitching and it will allow us to add to the stable of arms we already have, which is very important to us.”

Below is biographical information on the three student-athletes. 

Skylar Janisse
Maidstone, Ontario/Salt Lake Community College

High School: Janisse appeared in the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field his senior year of high school. While at St. Thomas, Janisse was a United States Specialty Sports Association All-American and played in the Gold Medal Games in Florida. He was awarded the Baseball Player of the Year award as voted by the Windsor Essex County Sports Persons of the Year ballot. Janisse represented the Canadian Junior National Team in 2010 and 2011, played three seasons with the Ann Arbor Travelers and currently is with the Windsor Selects.

Junior College: The 6-5 righty pitched 82 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, going 4-0 with five saves in his final year at SLCC. Janisse gave up only 11 earned runs in his entire junior college career, resulting in a two-year ERA of 1.31. He was named to the Region 18 All-Conference team. Janisse played in the Connie Mack 18U World Series with the Ann Arbor Travelers in both 2011 and 2012, and won the Canadian National Championship in 2011 with the Windsor Junior Selects. 

Jaksa on Janisse: “We have seen him for quite a few years. We watched him grow and go out to play at a junior college. We knew who he was and he has gone out and done really well. He will have a wealth of experience and has done different things; he has closed games and started games, which I think will help us. It will give him an opportunity to be a part of a good team and to contribute right away.”


Braxton Markle
The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands

High School: Markle went 3-1 with an ERA of 2.27 on the mound in 2012 for the nationally ranked Highlanders. He struck out 37 batters in 24.2 innings pitched. As a junior, he batted .431 with six doubles, a triple and a home run, driving home 17 runs and scoring another 17 of his own. The left-handed pitcher has played for the Houston Saints and Houston Banditos summer clubs. While at The Woodlands, Markle was teammates with current Chippewa pitcher Adam Aldred. In addition to baseball, he was a wide receiver on the varsity football team.

Jaksa on Markle: “We really like Braxton. He has a good personality and a great family. We had a chance to work with him through contacts to see what he really can do for us and Adam [Aldred] came in last season and did a great job for us, so we hope Braxton will do the same.”


Christopher Thibideau
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia/Vauxhall

High School: Thibideau comes to Central Michigan after spending several seasons with the Nova Scotia 18U Canada Cup team and this summer with the Canadian Junior National Team. His accomplishment of making the national team roster signifies that Thibideau is one of the top 25 players in the country for 18 and under. In the 2012 Canada Cup Placement Games, Thibideau led Nova Scotia with a .545 average through six games. He recorded 12 hits in 22 at bats, driving home six runs and hitting three extra base hits.

Jaksa on Thibideau: “[Christopher] is playing really well and is quite a good player. We had an opportunity to see what kind of a player he is and is one of those kids that I think that once he gets here will hit the ground running. His experiences have been good, they [the Canadian Junior National Team] just got back from the Dominican Republic five or six days ago and will be with the national team again next month as they go out east and play a lot of good teams. We are excited about him and what he can do for us.”