Baseball ready for 25th appearance in JUCO World Series
05.23.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is headed back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) JUCO World Series, thanks to a Region XIV tournament championship last weekend.
The trip to Grand Junction, Colorado, is the 25th overall appearance for San Jacinto College in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series. San Jac (43-16), ranked 15th in the country, will face Dyersburg State Community College (48-7), ranked second in the country, in JUCO opening round action on Saturday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. CDT.
Sophomore infielder Luke Watson (Cypress, Texas / Concordia Lutheran / Hill College) leads San Jac with a .412 average in 148 plate appearances and 49 games. Sophomore outfielder / 1B Aaron Bond (South Bend, Indiana / Clay HS) is averaging .363, and Michael Smith is third on the team at .330. Smith, a sophomore outfielder from Magnolia (Magnolia HS / Kansas State University) also leads the team in doubles (14) and triples (5). Sophomore INF/RHP Nick Perez (Austin / Stephen F. Austin HS / Texas State University) is the team’s hits leader with 64, and Bond leads San Jac in stolen bases at 23.
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 84.2 innings and owns a 3.40 ERA. He is 10-3 on the season with a team-best 115 strikeouts. Greenwood, Indiana (Center Grove HS) native Cantleberry is 11-1 on the year with a 1.82 ERA in 74 innings pitched, and right-handed Roper (Kenner, Louisiana / Archbishop Rummel HS / University of Arizona) is 8-3 with a 1.56 ERA in 75 innings pitched. As a team, San Jac owns a 2.48 ERA, second best in the country.
San Jac is looking for its seventh national title, first under Head Coach Tom Arrington. San Jac has appeared in 14 national title games with five national titles. Last season San Jac was the national runner-up in Grand Junction. Information about the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series, including brackets, pairings and live stats, can be found online at jucogj.org. The tournament takes place May 27 – June 3 at Sam Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado. The JUCO World Series national championship game will be broadcast live on MLB.com.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics 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, 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.