Lumberjacks get some pitching and a big bat

By Nick James - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin inks seven signees for the 2010 baseball season.  Head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas has signed seven native Texans to play baseball in the oldest town in Texas next spring.

The list includes three pitchers, and four position players Tyler Herriage from Lewisville, Texas. A 6' 1" lefty who played at Weatherford Junior College he was 3-1 with an earned run average of 3.01 mostly in a starting role.

Kyle Rogers, Missouri City, Texas another southpaw that will take the bump for the Lumberjacks next season last year they didn't have one lefty now in this early signing period they already have two.

According to Coach Cardenas he should help them with the lefty on lefty matchups out of the bullpen.

Cody Priest, Houston, Texas went 7-3 last season as a senior at Dobie High School with an earned run average of 1.41.  Cardenas said: "Cody brings high three-quarters delivery and is a sinker/slider guy with good velocity for his age.  He could be a quick answer for middle relief for us right away."  He is the younger brother of current lumberjack Ryan Priest.

Darren Crabtree, Sugar Land, Texas is a left handed hitting machine he batted .402 with 11 homeruns with 58 runs batted in for Temple College last season.  Cardenas said: "he can play first base and could see some time in the outfield, and we expect him to be able to shoulder some of the load from losing Sean Meyers."

Bobby Loveless, Friendswood, Texas while playing last year at Alvin Community College Loveless  hit .295 with 9 homeruns and 34 RBI.  "We brought Bobby in to hit in the middle of the lineup, but he's got to get better defensively, "Cardenas Said. "If he does then it gives us a lot of options for corner guys and should make our team better immediately with his bat."

The other two players that sign with Stephen F. Austin baseball team is Jordan Lewis and Cole Popper.  Lewis is probably going to play infield he comes to Nacogdoches from Dallas.  Popper is a utility player he can either play infield or outfield for the Lumberjacks.

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