Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Sports Media
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has announced its 2019 Baseball Preseason Team as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Albany State enters the year as the defending SIAC Champions, winning four games in four days to claim their eighth conference title since the turn of the century. Albany State features two preseason selections including all-tournament team pitcher, Michael Reddick, who appeared in 14 games last season and finished 7-1 on the mound with a 2.70 ERA.
Miles Golden Bears, who topped their division with a 19-1 conference record last season, aim to replace five of their six all-conference honorees. First baseman Jacob Bisherat will return for the Golden Bears after finishing his rookie season playing in all 51 games where he hit a .361 clip with 40 RBIs and three homers. Miles hopes to return as a top contender after being defeated in last year’s semifinal round following their historical 2017 season.
Spring Hill, who finished in the top of their division since joining the conference, will have a chance to compete for their first conference title after making their full transition as an NCAA Division II member. The Badgers will have to replace 2018 SIAC Relief Pitcher of the Year Rob Ewald but will return three all-conference performers from last year in Brennan Fontenot, Grayson Williams, and Luke Wall. The trio helped lead Spring Hill to a nearly unblemished 19-1 conference record last season.
The Kentucky State Thorobreds who finished second in last year’s tournament is looking for revenge after coming up short in the championship game against the Golden Rams. Kentucky State is tied with the Golden Tigers with four preseason selections while returning last year’s all-conference selection, Cameron Starks, who hit .371 with 37 RBIs and four home runs in 2018.
Benedict placed three on this year’s preseason team after graduating one of their infield standouts in Armando Valentin, who was selected by the Plattsburgh Redbirds of the Empire Professional Baseball League. Christopher Harper is one of BC’s top returning contenders as he was second in runs scored (40), stolen bases (27), and doubles (9) for the Tiger.
Tuskegee debuts in this year’s preseason poll with four selections. Last season, the Golden Tigers’ catcher Elgin Woodside led the team in slugging percentage (.490), RBIs (35), and home runs (6). He is joined by teammate, Nytorious Cooler, who played in 13 games which was second most among Tuskegee’s pitchers. Cooler had the second-best win-loss percentage (.375) during his sophomore campaign.
Clark Atlanta’s Anthony Nettles and Jordan Johnson debuts on this year’s preseason team after finishing third in the eastern division last season. Nettles paced the Panthers’ offense during his second season finishing 8-5 on the mound with a 4.20 ERA.
Rounding out this year’s preseason team is the Lane Dragon’s Chris O’Neal who led his team in RBIs (36) and home runs (12).
The 2019 SIAC Baseball season is set to begin this weekend featuring a mix of in-conference and out-of-conference play to start the season.
The complete 2019 SIAC Baseball Preseason Team can be found below.
2019 SIAC Baseball Preseason Team
|SP||Michael Reddick||Albany State||Redshirt Junior||Leesburg, Georgia|
|C||Brennan Fontenot||Spring Hill||Senior||Greenwell Spring, Louisiana|
|1B||Jacob Bisharat||Miles||Sophomore||Pleasant Grove, Alabama|
|2B||Chris O’Neal||Lane||Junior||Barnesville, Georgia|
|SS||Christopher Harper||Benedict||Junior||Brooklyn, New York|
|3B||Javier Santiago||Benedict||Sophomore||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|OF||Grayson Williams||Spring Hill||Sophomore||Mobile, Alabama|
|OF||Luke Wall||Spring Hill||Senior||Mobile, Alabama|
|OF||Cameron Starks||Kentucky State||Senior||Alpharetta, Georgia|
|UT||Peyton Logan||Miles||Redshirt Senior||Childersburg, Alabama|
|RP||Ricardo Pagan||Benedict||Senior||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|SP||Anthony Nettles||Clark Atlanta||Junior||Morrow, Georgia|
|C||Bryan Wilson||Kentucky State||Senior||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|1B||Adren Thompson||Kentucky State||Sophomore||Lexington, Kentucky|
|2B||Dominic Johnson||Tuskegee||Junior||Los Angeles, Ca.|
|SS||Jordan Johnson||Clark Atlanta||Senior||Conyers, Georgia|
|3B||Tayari Albright||Tuskegee||Sophomore||Atlanta, Georgia|
|OF||Alex Bentley||Miles||Senior||Sylacauga, Alabama|
|OF||Quantico Dodson-Williams||Albany State||Senior||Griffin, Georgia|
|OF||Jordan Ransom||Kentucky State||Senior||Ringgold, Georgia|
|UT||Elgin Woodside||Tuskegee||Senior||New Orleans, LA|
|RP||Nytorious Cooler||Tuskegee||Junior||Mobile, Alabama|