OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte College Pitcher Bryce Armstrong verbally committed to play at the University of Washington.
"It's something I've dreamed of ever since I was a little kid," Armstrong said. "Just being able to move on and play D1 college baseball. The ultimate goal is to go to the major leagues. But it's super special and something I've worked forever since I was a kid."
Bryce's baseball journey wasn't always easy.
He started having shoulder issues after his freshman year of high school.
He had surgery and medically redshirted his freshman year at Butte College. He didn't play consistently again until this past season.
"He's a kid that bought into the process coming out of high school," Butte Head Baseball Coach Anthony Ferro said. "He has a great family, great work ethic. This just doesn't happen to anybody. He put himself in this position. He has no one to take the credit for but himself."
Bryce received several other offers from division one schools, including Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara.
Bryce was named an all-state pitcher after the 2021 season.
Butte College racked up several other North State awards as well.
Outfielder Grady Morgan was named MVP.
Coach Ferro was honored as Coach of the Year.
"It's a very prestigious award," Ferro said. "I'm very honored and very humbled to receive it. It's not about me. It's about my players. It's about my assistant coaches. It's about my family putting me in this situation to be able to get recognized.
This is the first time Coach Ferro has received the award in his 18 years of coaching at Butte College.