Baseball headed to regional tournament as #1 seed
05.09.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is the No. 1 seed from the South in the 2017 Region XIV tournament in Grand Prairie at Airhog Stadium.
San Jac (39-16, 28-7), ranked 15th in the country in today’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I baseball poll, will face the No. 4 seed from the East, Paris Junior College (24-27, 13-17), on Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Sophomore infielder Luke Watson (Cypress, Texas / Concordia Lutheran / Hill College) leads San Jac with a .408 average in 130 plate appearances and 44 games. Sophomore outfielder / 1B Aaron Bond (South Bend, Indiana / Clay HS) is averaging .341, and Michael Smith is third on the team at .331. Smith, a sophomore outfielder from Magnolia (Magnolia HS / Kansas State University) also leads the team in hits at 57 (tied with Nick Perez), doubles (11), triples (5) and stolen bases (21).
On the mound, MacGregor Hines, Jacob Cantleberry and Kaleb Roper lead the San Jac pitchers. Hines, a right-handed freshman from College Station (College Station HS / University of Florida), has pitched in 77.2 innings and owns a 3.59 ERA. He is 9-3 on the season with a team-best 103 strikeouts. Greenwood, Indiana (Center Grove HS) native Cantleberry is 10-1 on the year with a 1.57 ERA in 69 innings pitched, and right-handed Roper (Kenner, Louisiana / Archbishop Rummel HS / University of Arizona) is 7-3 with a 1.75 ERA in 67 innings pitched. As a team, San Jac owns a 2.32 ERA, third best in the country.
San Jacinto College is the reigning Region XIV South Zone champions, and looking for its 25th appearance at the JUCO World Series. San Jac baseball has appeared in 14 national title games with six national titles. The 2017 Region XIV Baseball Tournament takes place Saturday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 17. The tournament winner earns an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) JUCO World Series May 27 – June 3, 2017 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics visit the San Jacinto College athletics website.
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.