San Jac topples Panola in first round at regional tourney
05.09.2015 | By Rob Vanya
Balanced attack key to 7-2 win
SUGAR LAND, Texas – With solid pitching, heads-up defense, timely hitting, and speed on the base paths, the San Jacinto College baseball team (South Zone No. 1 seed) cruised to a 7-2 win over Panola College (East Zone No. 4 seed) in the first round of the Region XIV Tournament, played May 8 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
Sophomore right fielder Josh Palacios (Brooklyn / Telecommunications High School) had a solid game at the plate, going 2 for 4, with 1 double, 2 stolen bases, and scoring twice. Freshman center fielder Max Wood (Vancouver, British Columbia / West Vancouver Secondary High School) was also solid on offense, going 3 for 4, with 1 double, 1 stolen base, and scoring a run.
Starting pitcher sophomore right hander Riley Smith (Lufkin / Hudson High School), got the win, pitching 7.7 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits, firing 11 strikeouts, while allowing 1 walk. Freshman right hand pitcher Cody Nesbit (La Porte / La Porte High School) slammed the door on Panola late in the game, pitching 1.3 innings, facing 5 batters, allowing no hits, and no runs.
Head Coach Tom Arrington was pleased with the consistent performance. “Guys stole bases in key spots, which led to runs, the hitters put up 6 runs early for Riley, who pitched a great game, and there were heads-up plays on defense,” commented Arrington. “So, we were in control for most of the game, and it was a good all-around team win.”
San Jac will face Angelina College, the No. 2 seed in the East Zone, in the second round of the tournament on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. For information about San Jacinto College baseball, please visit sanjacsports.edu
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.