San Jac baseball team wins South Zone championship
05.05.2015 | By Rob Vanya
Team enters Region XIV Tournament as No. 1 seed
The San Jacinto College baseball team finished the regular season as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV South Zone champions and will face Panola College in the first round of the Region XIV Tournament on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. The regional tournament will be played at Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, located at 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land TX 77498.
San Jac (36-17 overall, 27-9 conference) enters the regional tournament as the South Zone No. 1 seed. Panola (16-29 overall, 13-17 conference) enters the tournament as the East Zone No. 4 seed.
On offense, San Jac is led by sophomore outfielder Walker Pennington (Houston / Memorial High School), who played 51 games and finished the season with a .417 batting average with 59 RBIs. Pennington hit 10 homeruns, had a .477 on-base percentage, and a .680 slugging percentage. San Jac’s pitching staff is anchored by starting sophomore right-hander Riley Smith (Lufkin / Hudson High School), who went 6-1 for the season, pitching 65.1 innings. Smith fired 69 strikeouts, allowed 30 walks, and tallied a 3.31 earned run average.
“I am very proud of our players and coaches for what we have achieved thus far,” commented Head Coach Tom Arrington, now in his 14th year at the helm of the program. “Once again we have achieved the goal of winning the Region XIV South conference. Though we are excited and proud of our accomplishments, we understand that a greater achievement is within reach. We look forward to the Region XIV tournament this year and hope to bring home a championship, and a berth in the national tournament.”
The Region XIV Tournament runs from May 8 through May 12. Admission cost is $10 per person to each game. The winner of the tournament advances to the NJCAA World Series, to be played May 23-30 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
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.