Baseball set to open season at Panola
12.07.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team will open its 2018 season on the road against Panola College and Baton Rouge College in Louisiana on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
The first home games of the season will be on Friday, Feb. 2 against Bossier Parish Community College in a doubleheader. In total, San Jac will play 18 home games this season at JR Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.
San Jac will once again host the Tournament of Champions Feb. 9 – 11, with game sites at San Jac, University of Houston, Sam Houston State University and Lamar University. Following that annual tournament, San Jac will host Western Texas for two games Feb. 15 and 17 before hitting the road for five games.
Region XIV home games for the 2018 season include matchups against Wharton County Junior College (Saturday, March 30; Thursday, April 12), Galveston College (Thursday, March 8; Saturday, April 21), Blinn College (Saturday, March 17; Thursday, April 26), Laredo College (Friday – Saturday, April 6-7), and Alvin College (Thursday, March 22; Saturday, May 4). Additional home games include Navarro College (Monday, March 5), South Suburban College (Tuesday, March 13), Coastal Bend College (Tuesday, March 20), and McLennan College (Monday, March 26).
“It is going to be an exciting year, and we are looking forward to getting out on the field for the 2018 season,” said Head Coach Tom Arrington, who is entering his 17th year at the helm of the San Jacinto College baseball program. “With the overwhelming success we have had the past several years, people might find it hard to believe, but this upcoming year could be the best ever.”
Arrington has nine returners from a team that finished as the national runner up last season. Included in that lineup are Mario Moralez (Baytown / Goose Creek HS) and Herbert Iser (Kissimmee, Florida / Osceola HS), the top two returning hitters, as well as Sergio Macias (Laredo, Texas / John B. Alexander High School). Moralez hit .302 on the year in 58 games. He had 159 at bats, and posted 48 hits, 4 doubles, and nine homeruns. Iser saw action in 62 games, hitting .281. He had 52 hits with 11 doubles, 1 triple and seven homeruns. Macias played in 61 games with 188 at bats. He posted 47 hits, including 10 doubles, one triple and six home runs. He was also responsible for 35 RBI and scoring 40 runs, while stealing five bases.
Ten transfers will join Arrington’s team for 2018, including Jordan Myrow (Los Angeles, California / Notre Dame HS / UCLA), godson of LA Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts; and Jake (Weldon Spring, Missouri / Westminster Christian HS / Indiana University) and Luke Matheny (Weldon Spring, Missouri / Westminster Christian HS / Oklahoma State University), sons of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. San Jac will also welcome transfers Nick Neville (Fairfax, Virginia / Lake Braddock HS / University of Notre Dame), Andres Sosa (San Antonio, Texas / Reagan HS / University of Texas), and Trent Franson (Houston / Lutheran South HS / TCU).
A slew of freshman will join Arrington’s team this spring, including Alerick Soularie (Humble, Texas / Atascocita HS), Tyreice Silas (Houston / Cypress Falls HS), Matt Goddhart (Magnolia, Arkansas / Magnolia HS), and Rylan Kaufman (Friendswood / Friendswood HS).
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 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities 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.