Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams

first_img Eddy Gonzalez* Incarnate Word OF Sr. Laredo, Texas Jerry Maddox* Northwestern State P Sr. Dayton, Texas Shane Selman McNeese OF Sr. Lake Charles, La. Kyle Bergeron* Incarnate Word 2B Jr. Bridge City, Texas Tyler Smith* Central Arkanas 1B Sr. Deer Park, Texas Hunter Hearn* Sam Houston State OF Sr. Crosby, Texas Jake Georgiades* Stephen F. Austin 3B Sr. College Station, Texas Cole Coker* Lamar U Jr. Huffman, Texas Beau Bratton* New Orleans C Jr. Biloxi, Miss. Hayden Wesneski* Sam Houston State P Jr. Cyrpess, Texas Enrique Sanchez Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3B Sr. Houston, Texas Ethan Valdez Nicholls SS Sr. San Antonio, Texas Carlisle Koestler* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Vicksburg, Miss. * – Member of 2018 All-Southland Conference Teams Pearce Howard New Orleans OF So. Silver Springs, Md. Corey Gaconi* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Metairie, La. J.P. Lagreco* Northwestern State DH Sr. Pearl River, La. Dalon Farkas* Abilene Christian DH Sr. Milton, Ga. Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Sr. El Campo, Texas Ryan Flores* Incarnate Word 1B So. Corpus Christi, Texas Itchy Burts* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. League City, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Reigning Newcomer of the Year and Northwestern State senior pitcher Jerry Maddox headlines the 2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference baseball teams, announced by the league Tuesday.Incarnate Word, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all earned a trio of selections while Abilene Christian, McNeese, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each earned two picks. Central Arkansas, Lamar and Nicholls each garnered one spot.The Cardinals and Lions lead the first team with a pair of their selections being named to the top list, including Southeastern Louisiana pitcher and two-time all-conference honoree Corey Gaconi. The Metairie, La., native went 7-1 as a member of the Lions’ 2018 rotation and issued just 1.8 walks per nine innings.A San Jacinto Junior College transfer, Maddox worked his way from mid-week starter to weekend rotation staple and posted the Southland’s lowest ERA (1.88) among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. He recorded a league-high eight wins, struck out 99 batters over 86 innings and registered a .182 opposing batting average.Among the second-teamers are 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Shane Selman of McNeese, and 2017 Freshman of the Year and SHSU hurler Hayden Wesneski. A year after being one of the league’s most explosive hitters, Selman still managed to club the third-most home runs in the league (10), despite his average dipping 40 points.A third-team All-Southland pick in 2018, Wesneski finished the year with a 7-3 mark and went at least six innings in 10 of his 15 starts, including each of his last eight, and posted nine quality starts.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 15, with 13 games, starting when Nicholls welcomes Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. CT.Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions.2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball TeamsFirst Team Second Team Ridge Heisler* Northwestern State P Sr. Mangham, La. Drake Osborn* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi C Jr. Sandia, Texas Name School Pos. Class Hometown Aidan Anderson McNeese P Sr. Beaumont, Texas Cody Grosse* Southeastern Louisiana 2B Sr. Plainfield, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Manny Vasquez Stephen F. Austin SS Sr. Naco, Ariz. Derek Scott* Abilene Christian U Sr. Abilene, Texaslast_img read more

The favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain, according to the bookies

first_imgChelsea are strong favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus this summer.The Argentine striker has been heavily-linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, along with his Juve team-mate Daniele Rugani, after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as the new manager. RANKED targets 2 IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The bookies expect Higuain to sign for Chelsea REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Higuain at the World Cup for Argentina LIVING THE DREAM targets 2center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on With Cristiano Ronaldo sealing his £99m move to Turin, the talk is that the striker will be sold and it’s not only Chelsea in the frame. Spurs are also said to be interested, though reports in Italy say Juventus are yet to receive any bids for the 30-year-old.Higuain has a superb goal record, having scored 55 goals in just 105 matches for Juventus and it’s the Blues who appear to be favourites to land him.Odds on Higuain’s next club:Chelsea: 1/4Inter Milan: 7/1Tottenham: 12/1Manchester United: 14/1(via BetStars) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Higuain played under the new boss at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 league games in the 2015/16 season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more