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

FUBA NBL playoff Semis: Oilers hold off Warriors to take 2-1 lead

first_imgAction between City Oilers and Warrior on Tuesday. (PHOTO/FUBA)FUBA National Basketball LeagueCity Oilers 67-60 WarriorsMTN Arena, LugogoWednesday, 20-11-2019LUGOGO – Oilers are back in business and closing in on another finals’ appearance.On Tuesday night, the 6-time FUBA Ntional Basketball League defending champions defeated Warriors 67-60 in their semi final game three to take a 2-1 lead in the best of 5 semi final series.It was a game that brought out some nerves from the Oilers’ camp and needed a brilliant third quarter to take care of Ronnie Mutebi’s side.Going into the last 10 minutes holding a 1-point lead, Mandy Juruni’s side scored 22 points and restricted Warriors to just 16 to win the contest by 7.Earlier, both sides were lucking in their offensive as they each managed just 8 first quarter points.However, that would change in the second as Oilers threw down 21 points while Warriors managed 17 to see the defending champions take a four point lead into the long break.In the third, Warriors would run out on top, winning it 21-16 and cut the deficit to just one.Despite the good third quarter, Warriors came out short in the fourth to lose the game 67-60 and ensure that Oilers are just one win away to a 7th consecutive finals’ appearance.For Oilers, James Okello was on song in the victory as he managed a double double of 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Tony Drileba (17) and Ben Komakech (11) were the others who registered double figures in terms of scoring while Landry Ndikuma was big on the boards, collecting a game high 18 rebounds.Warriors on the other hand lost but had two players register double doubles on the night with Saidi Amisi managing a game high 26 points and 10 rebounds while Stanley Mugerwa scored 10 points and as many boards.The biggest disappoint for Mutebi’s side was their bench which managed just 13 points.In the other day’s game, UCU Lady Canons took a 2-1 lead in their Ladies division playoff semi final with KCCA Leopards thanks to a 77-71 victory.Rose Akon was the star of the show as she registered another double double of 25 points and 13 rebounds.On the other side, Martha Soigi was unfortunate to end up on the losing side after she threw down 25 points while shooting 11-16 from the field.Comments Tags: city oilersFUBA NBL 2019James OkelloMandy JuruniRonnie MutebiSaidi AmisiWarriorslast_img read more