San Jacinto College MLB stars returning to campus for recognition

01.29.2015 | By Rob Vanya

Home season to kick off with Tournament of Champions

 

The San Jacinto College baseball team will kick off its 2015 season with a bang.

The College will host the Tournament of Champions Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, which will feature 10 of the best community college baseball teams in the nation. Games in the tournament will take place at three different locations – John Ray Harrison Field at the San Jacinto College North Campus, Baytown Sterling High School, and Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.

The main event of the Tournament of Champions will be Legends Night on Friday, Feb. 6, during which former San Jacinto College baseball players will be recognized for their contributions. The Legends event will take place at San Jacinto College’s home diamond, located on the North Campus. The first pitch against New Mexico Junior College is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Legends ceremony will be held just prior to the game at 6:30 p.m. Professional players who are scheduled to attend the pregame recognition ceremony include Jesse Crain (Chicago White Sox), Matt Albers (free agent), Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants), Brandon Hicks (free agent), Nick Stavinoha (Sugar Land Skeeters), and Lucas Luetge (Seattle Mariners).

“The San Jacinto College baseball program has a lengthy tradition of excellence,” commented Head Coach Tom Arrington, who begins his 14th season at the helm of the program. “The College has a reputation around the nation for sending players to the professional ranks, many who emerge as some of the most elite in the game. Fans who come out for the Legends Game and pregame ceremony will have a unique opportunity to see some of the best student athletes ever produced by San Jacinto College, and indeed some of the best to come out of any college. We are proud of these men who personify what great foundations in athletics and academics are available at San Jacinto College, and we hope many from the community can come out to show their support and appreciation.”

Members of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer, members of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, along with former San Jacinto College coaches and members of the John Ray Harrison family are scheduled to attend the ceremony Frank Nadolney, former chairman of the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Tournament of Champions schedule is as follows:

Seven games will be played on Friday, Feb. 6. Two games will be played simultaneously at two locations, with both games starting at 9 a.m. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring New Mexico vs. Louisiana State University-Eunice. The other game will be played at Baytown Sterling High School, featuring Pensacola State College vs. Howard College. The same format will be used for two games that will start at noon. A game at San Jacinto College will feature Odessa College vs. Grayson College. A game at Sterling will feature Howard vs. Navarro College. The same format will also be used for two games that will start at 3 p.m. A game at San Jacinto College will feature Pensacola College vs. Eunice. A game at Sterling will feature Blinn College vs. Baton Rouge Community College. The final game on Feb. 6 will be the Legends Game at San Jacinto College, featuring New Mexico and San Jacinto College, with the pre-game ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m., and the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

Seven games will be played on Saturday, Feb. 7. The first game will start at 9 a.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, and will feature Blinn vs. Eunice. Two games will be played simultaneously at two locations, with both games starting at noon. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring Baton Rouge vs. Odessa. The other game will be played at Constellation Field, featuring Howard vs. San Jacinto College. The same format will be used for two games that will start at 3 p.m. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring Baton Rouge vs. Grayson. The other game will be played at Constellation Field, featuring New Mexico vs. Navarro. The same format will also be used for two games that will start at 6 p.m. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring Grayson vs. Blinn. The other game will be played at Constellation Field, featuring San Jacinto College vs. Pensacola.

Six games will be played on Sunday, Feb. 8. The first game will start at 9 a.m. at Constellation Field, and will feature Grayson vs. Pensacola. Two games will be played simultaneously at two locations, with both games starting at noon. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring Odessa vs. Navarro. The other game will be played at Constellation Field, featuring Eunice vs. Howard. The same format will be used for two games that will start at 3 p.m. One game will be played at San Jacinto College, featuring Navarro vs. Blinn. The other game will be played at Constellation Field, featuring Baton Rouge vs. New Mexico. The final game of the tournament will be played at Constellation Field at 6 p.m., featuring San Jacinto College vs. Odessa.

 There may be a small admission charge (which is yet to be determined) for games played at San Jacinto College and at Sterling High School. Admission charge for all games played at Constellation Field will be $10 for adults (no charge for children 5 and younger).

The first home conference game for San Jacinto College will be on Friday, Feb. 20, a double header against Wharton County Junior College at 1 p.m. All San Jacinto College home games are played at John Ray Harrison Field, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. Games are free and open to the public.

For more information about the San Jacinto College baseball program, please visit sanjacsports.com.

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.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.