HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College baseball won the 2018 Region XIV Tournament last week with an 8-7 win over Northeast Texas Community College, earning its fourth consecutive berth in the Alpine Bank Junior College (JUCO) World Series.
San Jac (49-13, 28-7) will face Monroe College (New York) on Sunday, May 27 at 10 a.m. MDT. Overall, this is the 26thJUCO World Series appearance for San Jac, which has won five national titles and finished as national runner-up on 10 occasions.
Freshman Tyriece Silas(Houston / Cypress Falls HS) leads San Jac this season averaging .418 at the plate. In 141 at bats he has 59 hits, including 12 doubles, four triples and 20 RBI. FreshmanAlerick Soularie(Humble / Atascocita HS) is hitting .403 this season in 176 at bats, with 71 hits, 17 doubles, 8 triples and 10 home runs.
On the mound, San Jac is led by Region XIV South Pitcher of the Year Jacob Cantleberry. The sophomore from Greenwood, Indiana (Center Grove HS) owns a 2.99 ERA in 75.1 innings pitched. He is 12-2 on the year, and has struck out a team-best 89. Freshman Trey Dillardis 2-0 on the year with seven saves. He has a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 30.
Coming off a Region XIV win in which Head Coach Tom Arrington was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year and will be inducted in the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame, San Jac will look for its sixth ever baseball national title. The last two seasons, San Jac has been the national runner-up.
Thirteen San Jac players earned Region XIV South All-Conference honors.
Region XIV South All-Conference First Team:
- Jake Matheny, C
- Nick Neville, INF
- Sergia Macias, INF
- Tyriece Silas, OF
- Alerick Soularie, OF
- Peter Zimmermann, DH
- Rylan Kaufman, SP
- Trey Dillard, RP
Region XIV South All-Conference Second TEam:
- Matt Goodheart, OF
- Devon Roedahl, SP
- Aaron George, RP
- Reid Morgan, RP
The 2018 Alpine Bank JUCO World Series runs Saturday, May 26 – Saturday, June 2, at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado. All games will be streamed live online on the JUCO World Series website.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.