LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Pitching was a weakness for S.F.A. baseball last season. New coach Johnny Cardenas says the Jacks staff has to get better if S.F.A. is going to contend for a conference title.
To help their cause the Jacks have snagged Lufkin ace Marty Anderson. Anderson officially signed the dotted line today.
Anderson was a first team all District 15-5A selection, leading the Pack in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. He chose S.F.A. over Houston and Sam Houston State. Anderson says choosing the Jacks over two N.C.A.A. tournament teams was an easy decision.
"Out of all my offers and all the coaches I talked to, Coach Cardenas made me feel more at home like I wanted to play there," Anderson says. "He's the reason I made my choice."
The Lufkin native hopes to contribute immediately and help turnaround a hard hit pitching staff.
"He (Cardenas) said he was going throw me and see how I do the first couple of weeks," Anderson says. "And hopefully I can contribute."
Anderson added that more Panthers could be contributing in the future. He says several Lufkin teammates want to play for Johnny Cardenas.