Saints look to chase title in Ozark

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 12, 2016

The LBWCC Saints (31-19) had a strong year and looks to extend their season at the Alabama Community College Conference Baseball Championship Friday at Historic Eagle Stadium in Ozark.



In the ACCC Baseball Championship, the top five teams from the North and South divisions will compete in a double-elimination tournament for the best community college baseball team in the state.

LBWCC finished second in the South division and will be the No. 2 seed for the South. Other South teams are as follow: No. 1 Chattahoochee Valley (45-10), No. 3 Alabama Southern (27-28), No. 4 Wallace-Dothan (33-22) and No. 5 Faulkner State (24-27).

In the North division, Shelton State (34-18) is the No. 1-seed, No. 2 Marion Military (38-13-1), No. 3 Calhoun (32-23), No. 4 Wallace State (32-23) and No. 5 Lawson State (27-20).

During the strong year for the Saints, sophomore infielder Taylor Fought was big part of the LBWCC offense.

Fought tied for the leagues best hitting average at .429 for the year.

His 60 hits were also tops on the team. He also led the Saints with 14 doubles and four triples.

Fought’s six home runs was good enough for second best on the team and his 36 RBIs placed him in third.

Fought wasn’t the only Saint player that had a big year at the plate, as Mason Rogers hit for a .387 average and led the Saints with seven home runs and 46 RBIs.

Two freshman Trey McMillian and Gunner Hendrix also came through in the clutch for the Saints over the course of the season.

McMillian hit .387 with 40 RBIs, six home runs and eight doubles.

McMillian was also named ACCC Player of the Week for March 28- April 3 when he helped the Saints to 6-0 record on the week while batting .565 with two home runs, two doubles and a triple. He drove in 11 runs and scored 10.

Hendrix hit .338 with 32 RBIs, three home runs and seven doubles.

Hendrix received ACCC Player of the Week honors for the week of March 7-13 when he helped the Saints to a 5-0 record on the week. Hendrix hit .625 during the week with one home run, one double and one triple. He scored seven runs and added eight RBIs.

On the hill, the Saints have gotten big efforts for several different guys.

Jake Bracewell has been the workhorse for the Saints and has compiled a 7-4 record with an ERA of 3.36. Bracewell struck out 53 batters and threw four complete games for the Saints. He also picked up one save on the year.

Bracewell was named the ACCC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 22-28 after pitching a complete-game no-hitter against Central Alabama. Bracewell faced just 22 batters in the performance and struck out four.

Jordan Tharpe has been the other main starter for the Saints, holding down a 6-2 record with an E

RA of 3.93.

Tharpe earned ACCC Pitcher of the Week honors for March 14-20 after he threw a no-hitter against Alabama Southern. Tharpe worked seven innings, striking out five and walking two.

The Saints will open up the first round with Calhoun Friday at 4 p.m.