Yaws brothers commit to Wayland Baptist University
Jan. 10, 2018 at 9:57 p.m.
EDNA - Joshua and Dylan Yaws share a bond on and off the field.
As teammates, brothers, and soon-to- be college roommates, they are about to enter a new adventure together as they move on to play collegiate baseball.
The two seniors signed their letter of intent to play at Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday at the Edna High School gym.
The Yaws brothers are coming off a strong season with the Cowboys after helping the team win the District 28-3A crown. Dylan plays first base and pitches for the Cowboys, and Joshua is a utility player. Dylan received second team all-district for pitching and Joshua received first-team all-district as a utility player.
Their time at Edna has taught the brothers valuable lessons that they are going to take with them to Wayland Baptist.
"I learned to work with your team and to keep your heads up when you get down," Dylan Yaws said. "When games are tough, you need to give it your all and give 110 percent."
"I learned how to be a leader and help people when they're not having a good day," Joshua Yaws said. "You have to keep people positive on the field and at bat."
Last year was the first season Eric Vasquez was the head coach of the Cowboys. He described the role that the Yaws brothers played last season.
"I came in and you could just tell that Dylan and Joshua were leaders on the team," Vasquez said. "I was proud of those boys from Day 1, and they were giving it all that they had. It's really paid off for them."
Wayland Baptist University is an NAIA Division I school in Plainview. After visiting the campus and trying out, the boys decided that was the right place for them.
"It's pretty exciting, especially getting to play with your brother," Joshua Yaws said. "I can't wait to play the game, and it's what we've grown up doing."
The brothers say that they have always pushed each other to be better and having one another at college will be a great asset for them.
"When he wants to take a day off or if I want to take a day off, we both make each other go out there and workout," Joshua Yaws said.
While they support each other, they also have tremendous support from home, which is something that they will take with them to Wayland Baptist.
"I'm definitely going to keep my family in my heart," Dylan Yaws said. "I know that they're rooting for me even when they're not there at the games."
Vasquez believes the Yaws brothers are going to be a big asset to the Wayland Baptist University baseball program.
"It's awesome that two brothers can get to play at the same place," Vasquez said. "That's very fortunate for them and for Wayland."
The Yaws will complete one more season at Edna and will attend Wayland Baptist in the fall.