Baseball opens 2018 season atop the PerfectGame Preseason Top 25
01.25.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball team is no doubt one of the best teams in the country year in and year out. So, it should be no surprise that it opens the 2018 season this weekend as the nation’s top-ranked team, according to PerfectGame.
Brian Sakowski, PerfectGame’s National Scouting Supervisor, says this year’s San Jacinto College baseball team has pitching depth and “looks impressive,” making it the PerfectGame preseason pick to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series. He notes that at least five San Jac players are among the top 60 PerfectGame Junior College top prospect list. That includes INF/RHP Sergio Macias (Laredo, Texas / Alexander HS), C/1B Herbert Iser (Kissimmee, Florida / Osceola HS), LHP Jacob Cantleberry (Greenwood, Indiana / Center Grove HS), OF/INF Alerick Soularie (Humble, Texas / Atascocita HS) and OF/IF Matt Goodheart (Magnolia, Arkansas / Magnolia HS).
San Jac opens the 2018 season this weekend on the road against Panola College and Baton Rouge College in Louisiana. The first home game of the season will be 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.
Head Coach Tom Arrington is entering his 18th year at the helm of the program. He has guided San Jacinto College to 13 conference titles, 11 regional championships, six national runner-up finishes at the JUCO World Series, four third-place national finishes and one fifth-place national finish. His 37 wins at the JUCO World Series is an all-time record, as is his 59 total games played at the national tournament. This summer, he will enter the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame.
San Jac returns nine players from last year’s team, which finished as the national runner-up and an overall 48-18 record. Arrington has added 10 transfers and a slew of freshmen to this year’s roster, one that is poised for a return trip to Junction, Colorado.
For more information about the San Jacinto College baseball team, 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 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.