Two Vikings are selected in MLB Draft
For the 8th consecutive year the Jefferson College Viking baseball program has had a player drafted in the annual MLB Amateur Draft. Sophomore infielder Keith Grieshaber (Marquette HS) was drafted in the 16th round by the Los Angeles Angels. Grieshaber was an All-Region selection this year and was also voted a team captain by his teammates. Sophomore pitcher Anthony Herron (Affton HS) was drafted in the 34th round by the New York Mets. Herron was a two-time All-Region selection and is currently playing this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Both Grieshaber and Herron are committed to Missouri State University. They will have until July 15th to decide whether to sign professionally. They are the 67th and 68th players to be drafted or sign professionally in the programs history.
Vikings Finish 2016 Season Ranked 18th Nationally
The Jefferson College baseball program finished ranked 18th nationally in the final NJCAA National Poll. The Vikings finished the season with a record of 41-18 and won a 10th consecutive MCCAC Championship.
Two More Vikings Make Their Commitments
Sophomore pitcher Gunnar Kay (Arlington Heights, IL) recently committed to continue his baseball and academic career at University of Illinois-Springfield. Sophomore first-baseman/catcher, Matt Brown (Vianney HS), committed to Missouri State University. With Kay and Brown’s commitments the Vikings now have 16 of their players committed to 4-year schools with 10 committed to NCAA Division-I institutions.
Vikings Season Comes to an End
The Jefferson College baseball season came to an end over the weekend. The #1 seeded Vikings dropped their first game 10-2 vs St. Louis Community College and were eliminated by Crowder College by a score of 5-4. It was an unfortunate ending to a season that was very successful overall. The 2016 season included winning 40+ games for the first time since 2012, a 10th consecutive Midwest Community College Conference Championship, and earning the #1 seed for the Region XVI Tournament.
Vikings Move on to Joplin
The Jefferson College Viking baseball team won the first two games in the best of three Sub-Regional series verse St. Charles CC. The Vikings won game one 11-0 behind a 1-hit shutout by sophomore Anthony Herron (Affton HS). In game 2 of the series, the Vikings trailed St. Charles CC 8-1 after some defensive miscues. The Vikings offense was able to chip away and the Vikings ended up winning 21-13. Carter Hanford (Pattonville HS) was the leader on offense, hitting 3 home runs and contributing 9 RBI’s. The Vikings will now play St. Louis CC at 4pm Thursday in Joplin. View the Region XVI Baseball Championship Bracket.
Vikings Prepare for Post-Season Play
The Jefferson College Viking baseball team has earned the #1 seed for the Region XVI Tournament for the 5th time in the last 7 seasons. They will play host to St. Charles CC in a best of three series Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th to advance to the 4-team Regional held in Joplin, Missouri. The Vikings finished the regular season with a record of 39-16, earning a 10th straight MCCAC Championship.
Two More Vikings Make Commitments
Two sophomore’s recently committed to 4-year institutions, this will make the 13th and 14th commitments off the current 2016 roster. Outfielder Matt Scheibel (Marquette HS) recently committed to Maryville University (NCAA Division-II) of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Infielder Tyler Muehling (Ft. Zumwalt South) recently committed to Lindenwood University (NCAA Division-II) of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Vikings Secure 10th Consecutive MCCAC Championship
The Jefferson College Viking baseball team secured its 10th consecutive Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Championship with a 4-game sweep of St. Charles Community College over the weekend. The Vikings current record stands at 34-15 and 19-5 in Region XVI. The Vikings are scheduled to travel to North Central Missouri College this weekend for their final region series of the season. The Viking will host a Sub-Regional May 6th and 7th, their opponent is yet to be determined.
Another Vikings Makes a Commitment
Sophomore pitcher Nick Hooper (Willard, MO) recently committed to continue his baseball and educational career at Lubbock Christian University (LCU). Hooper will be joining former Viking catcher, Chase Simmons, at LCU. Lubbock Christian is an NCAA Division II institution that plays in the Heartland Conference. With Hooper’s commitment, 12 current Vikings have committed to 4-year institutions.
Baseball to Hold 1st Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Outing
The Jefferson College baseball program in conjunction with the support of the Jefferson College Foundation will hold its 1st Annual Jefferson College Baseball Alumni & Friends Golf Outing on June 27th at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Missouri. All funds raised from this event will be going toward continued baseball facility improvements. Over the past year, there has been a number of projects done to improve the baseball facility. Including the renovation of the current backstop and installation of a turf halo and walk-ups. Future improvements are in the planning process. Contact Head Coach Patrick Evers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about this event and sponsorship opportunities.
Vikings Have Successful Home Stand
The Viking baseball team recently completed an 8-game home stand in which they finished 7-1. The Vikings enter their upcoming spring trip with an 8-7 record. The team returns to action this weekend in Emerson, Georgia for 5 games at the Perfect Game Lake Point Facility.
Another Viking Commits to Missouri State
Redshirt freshman infielder, Keith Grieshaber, recently committed to Missouri State University for next season. He will be joining current teammates, Anthony Herron & Doug Still, who committed to Missouri State in the fall. He is the 11th player off this year’s roster to commit to a 4-year institution and the 9th to commit to an NCAA Division-I school.
2016 Jefferson College Exposure Camp Results
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.