Harper Commits to University of Illinois-Springfield
Sophomore infielder Drew Harper (Sikeston, MO) recently committed to continue his career at NCAA Division-II University of Illinois-Springfield. He is the 10th player on the 2016 Viking roster to commit to a 4-year institution.
Three Vikings Earn Pre-Season Recognition
Perfect Game recently came out with their Top 150 Junior College Prospect List and three Vikings made that list. Pitchers Anthony Herron (Affton HS) & Doug Still (Sikeston, MO) were ranked 52nd and 81st respectively. Infielder Keith Grieshaber (Marquette HS) was ranked 106th.
Former Viking Earns Pre-Season All-American Honors
Former Jefferson College Viking, Ryan Rippee (Springfield, MO), recently was named to the 2016 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American Team. Rippee is currently a senior at Southeast Missouri State, where he led the team in homerun’s and RBI’s last season. Rippee earned second team All-Conference (Ohio Valley) honors as a junior. Rippee was drafted in the 31st Round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox after his freshman season at Jefferson College.
20th Annual Exposure Camp Scheduled for Saturday, February 6th
The Jefferson College baseball program will be hosting its annual exposure camp on Saturday, February 6th. This is the 20th straight year the Vikings have hosted this event. It typically draws over 100 high school student-athletes from across the Midwest. Sessions for infielders, outfielders, catchers, and pitchers are available from 10am-430pm. For more information about the camp click on the link below.
Nine Vikings Commit in Early Signing Period
Nine more Vikings have recently made commitments to continue their college baseball careers at the 4-year level. This brings the total number of baseball players to sign with NCAA Division-I institutions to 36 over the last 3 ½ years. Several more players will be committing during and after the 2016 season.
Doug Still, LHP – Missouri State University
Anthony Herron, RHP – Missouri State University
Mitch Plassmeyer, LHP – Bradley University
Alex Padilla, RHP – University of Illinois-Chicago
Taylor Thompson, RHP – Emporia State University
Matt Gould, C – University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Carter Hanford, 3B – Saint Louis University
Dalton Horstmeier, OF – University of Evansville
Parker Beine, RHP - Marshall University
Baseball Field Undergoes Makeover
There are some changes that have been ongoing this fall at the Jefferson College Baseball Field. The field has seen some of the largest changes it has undergone in the last 30+ years. Some of the projects that have taken place this fall:
Installation of new backstop w/suspended netting system
Replacement of retaining wall on 1st base seating area
New padding/protective netting on dugout railings
Installation of turf home plate halo and walk-ups
All of these projects should be completed by the end of November.
Fall Showcase Camp Results
View the results from the September 27th Showcase Camp
Marathon Game Set for October 17th
The Vikings Tenth Annual Marathon Game is set to be played on October 17th at 11a.m. This annual event consists of a 100-Inning game played by the “JeffCo” baseball team that serves as a fundraiser for the baseball program. In the past, proceeds have gone towards the installation of a 15 foot warning track, major improvements to our indoor hitting facility, installation of a new bullpen for the home team, new protective screens, and upcoming installation of a turf home plate halo and turf walkups. Below is a link to sponsor a current player for the event.
Former Vikings Earn Minor League Promotions
Former Viking shortstop, Brett Wiley, was recently promoted from High-A Palm Beach Cardinals to Double-A Springfield Cardinals. Wiley was a 13th Round Draft Pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. He was an integral part of the Vikings 2012 JUCO World Series team, he is currently in his 4th season of professional baseball.
Former Viking outfielder, Gerrion Grim, was also recently promoted from the Gulf Coast League Orioles to the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the New York-Penn League. Grim was a 14th Round Draft Pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.
Fall Showcase Camp Scheduled for Sunday, September 27th
The baseball program will be hosting its first ever Fall Showcase Camp on Sunday, September 27th. This is a great opportunity for high school players to showcase their talents in front of the Vikings coaching staff. Other colleges will be invited to attend as well. Spots are limited to the first 50 registered. Below is link to the camp flyer with more information.
Walk-On Tryouts to be Held on August 21st
There will be open tryouts on August 21st at 2:00 p.m. for any Jefferson College student interested in trying out for a walk on position with the baseball team.
The following paperwork must be completed and turned in on the date of the tryout. Click the links below to access the forms.
Prospective players are required to furnish their own baseball equipment (glove, bat, etc.). Tryouts will be held at the Jefferson College Baseball Field.
Bouman Signs with River City Rascals
Former Viking pitcher Kyle Bouman (DeSmet HS) recently signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals of the Independent Frontier League. Bouman pitched for the Vikings in 2013 before finishing his collegiate career at Louisiana State University.
Vikings Having Success in Summer Leagues
Several current Vikings are having successful summers in various college summer leagues throughout the county. Four Vikings recently were named to the All-Star team in the St. Louis Metro Collegiate League; sophomore’s Matt Brown and Matt Scheibel, along with red shirt freshmen Keith Grieshaber and Nick Miller. The Vikings have also had two players named to the Lewis and Clark Collegiate League All-Star team, sophomore Dalton Horstmeier and incoming freshman Cody Creed.
Vikings Commit to 4-year Schools
Sophomore catcher Todd Hinkley (Liberty, MO) recently committed to NCAA Division-I McNeese State University to continue his college baseball career. McNeese State is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana and competes in the Southland Conference.
Sophomore infielder Nate Green (Francis Howell) committed to NCAA Division-II University of Hawaii-Hilo. Hawaii-Hilo competes in the Pacific West Conference.
With these two recent commitments, 9 Viking players from the 2015 team will be moving on to 4-year schools.
Freshman Pitcher Doug Still is Drafted by the Atlanta Braves
Freshman left-handed pitcher, Doug Still (Sikeston, MO), was selected in the 30th Round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves. Still went 5-2 for the Vikings in 44 innings pitched. Still’s last start of the year turned out to be his best, a complete game shutout in the elimination bracket of the Region XVI Tournament. The Vikings have had a player drafted every single year since 2007. In fact, the Vikings have had 19 players since 2008 either get drafted or sign a professional contract.
Vikings Season Comes to an End
The Jefferson College Vikings baseball season came to an end in the Region XVI Tournament. The top-seeded Vikings fell to Maple Woods by a score of 2-1 ending the 2015 season, the Vikings went 2-2 in the Region XVI Tournament. The Vikings finished with a record of 32-21.
Hickey Commits to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Sophomore pitcher DJ Hickey (Timberland HS) recently made a commitment to pitch for Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Hickey was a mainstay in the Vikings bullpen this year. He will again be teammates with former Viking pitcher, Ryan Agnitsch, who is currently a junior at SIU - Edwardsville.
Vikings Earn Ninth Consecutive Conference Championship
The Jefferson College Viking baseball team earned its ninth consecutive conference championship after sweeping its final conference/region series with St. Charles Community College. The Viking are in the midst of preparing for the Region XVI tournament in Farmington, Missouri. The Vikings will be the #1 seed going into the tournament.
Another Viking Makes His Commitment
Sophomore pitcher Chandler Wolf (Russellville, MO) recently committed to the University of Central Missouri.
Simmons Commits to Lubbock Christian University
Sophomore catcher Chase Simmons (Kelso, MO) recently committed to continue his collegiate baseball career at NCAA Division II Lubbock Christian University. Chase graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Chase is also a “Student Leader” on campus.
Caleb Hicks makes commitment to Murray State University
Freshman infielder Caleb Hicks recently committed to Murray State University. Hicks is expected to be the Vikings 3rd freshman in the last year to sign with an NCAA Division-I school. Last season, both Justin Paulsen and Patrick Schnieders signed with Missouri State University and University of Evansville after their freshman year with the Vikings. The Vikings open up the 2015 season February 13th in Meridian, Mississippi.
Brady Womacks makes commitment to Oral Roberts University
Current Viking pitcher Brady Womacks (Herculaneum, MO) committed to continue his baseball career at Oral Roberts University. Womacks become the 13th Viking pitcher in the last three years to commit to a Division-I school.
September 29, 2014
Matt Stites finishes his rookie season with Arizona Diamondbacks
Former Jefferson College Viking pitcher Matt Stites (Festus, MO) finished off a successful rookie season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stites became the 7th former Viking to make his MLB debut when he pitched in relief for the Diamondbacks on June 19th. Stites finished the season with a 5.73 ERA in 33 innings pitched along with 26 strikeouts. The former Festus High School and Festus Post 253 star pitched for the Vikings in 2009-2010 before continuing his career at the University of Missouri. Stites was the Region XVI Player of the Year and was an NJCAA All-American in 2010.
September 9, 2014
Former Viking finding success in professional baseball
Former Viking pitcher Justin Sprenger (Washington, MO) is currently finishing of his second full season of professional baseball and it has been a successful one. Sprenger, who pitched for the Vikings in 2010 & 2011, is currently playing in the post season for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Texas Rangers affiliate) of the Advanced-A Carolina League. Over his last 10 appearances, Sprenger has a 0.98 ERA in 18 inning pitched along with 18 strikeouts.
Tyler Thomson added to coaching staff
Another former Viking has been added to the Viking coaching staff, Tyler Thompson has been added to assist with the Viking pitching staff. Thompson pitched for the Vikings in 2011 & 2012 before transferring to Missouri State University. Thompson won 21 games in his “JeffCo” career and helped lead the Viking to back to back JUCO World Series appearances and a school record with 53 wins in 2012. Thompson signed a professional contract with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League this past June.
August 28, 2014
Former Viking Drew Stanton added to coaching staff
Drew Stanton was hired as the new assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Vikings. Prior to taking the position at Jefferson College, Stanton was an assistant coach at Arkansas Tech University. Stanton finished his playing career with the Vikings in 2011 and went on to play at Arkansas Tech. During playing career with the Vikings, Stanton was voted team Most Valuable Player for the 2011 JUCO World Series team. Stanton will be working with the Vikings hitters and catchers primarily.
Former Viking Jake Luce is having a successful professional season with the Wichita Wingnuts of the Independent American Association. Jake is currently the second leading hitter on the Wingnuts with a .345 batting average. Jake played for the Vikings in 2009 & 2010 before continuing his college career at Elon University.
Fred Ford was recently promoted from Single-A Lexington Legends of South Atlantic League to Advanced-A Wilmington Blue Rocks. Fred is currently in his 3rd season of professional baseball. He was a 7th Round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2012.