Lufkin native named to all-conference team

AC News Service Press Release

A total of six Angelina College Roadrunner baseball players made their way onto the Region XIV East Zone All-Conference list, with four of those players earning 1st Team honors.

Zach Taylor (SS), Grant Clyde (3B), Jay Young (OF) and Luis DeJesus (P) earned 1st Team honors, while Keith Cormier (OF) and Bobby McCormack (P) received 2nd Team nods.

Taylor, a freshman shortstop out of Georgetown High School, hit .385 with two homers and 10 RBI in conference play while anchoring the Roadrunner infield. Taylor also managed several walk-off hits during the non-conference portion of the schedule, establishing himself as one of the team's clutch hitters.

Clyde, the Atascocita sophomore, started at third base for his two years at AC, finishing his 2011 campaign with a .333 average and 15 RBI. Clyde also established both a team and personal milestone with two three-run homers in a single inning against Henry Ford College back in March.

Young, the freshman from The Woodlands, took over in center field early in the season, finishing the conference schedule with a .379 batting average that included two homers and 18 RBI. A total of seven of Young's 33 hits were for extra bases.

Lufkin native DeJesus made a splash early in the season by tossing a no-hitter against Galveston in his first collegiate start. The right hander finished conference play with an ERA of 1.99 and 31 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched.

Cormier, the freshman from Channelview, made the 2nd Team as an outfielder, spending most of the season with a batting average hovering over the .400 mark and eventually finishing with a .366 average and 14 RBI. The speedy Cormier also led the team in triples with three in conference play.

Clear Creek alumnus and hard-throwing lefty McCormack kept his ERA at a microscopic, sub-1.00 level throughout most of the season, eventually finishing at 2.39 in conference competition. McCormack struck out 40 hitters in just 37.2 innings pitched, usually giving head coach Jeff Livin and the rest of the Roadrunners a strong six or seven innings per start. McCormack tossed a complete game in AC's 6-1 win over Alvin back on Feb. 20th.

The Roadrunners finished the 2011 campaign with a record of 36-21 and an appearance in the Region XIV tournament in Brenham.

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