FORMER PONY DRAFTED IN 2014 MLB DRAFT
BRETT PIRTLE- 2B (MISS. STATE), 23RD DETROIT TIGERS
5 FORMER PONIES MAKE NCAA REGIONALS
BUBBA MAXWELL-RHP (HOUSTON), advanced to Super Regional
HUNTER HAGLER-INF (OK. STATE), advanced to Super Regional
BRETT PIRTLE- INF (MISS. STATE)
BRETT MCAFEE- INF (ARKANSAS)
TREVIN SONNIER- INF (DALLAS BAPTIST
2 MORE PONIES COMMIT TO 4 YEAR SCHOOLS
RHP- ADAM ATKINS- LA TECH
RHP- ROBBIE PETTY- NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
PONIES SEASON COMES TO END
5/12/14- Panola lost to Alvin by a score of 10-9 in 10 innings. The Ponies had a 9-4 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning and could not close the door. Alvin had four hits in the inning, but took advantage of two Panola errors which allowed the inning to continue and for Alvin to tie the game at 9. Alvin scored 1 run in the 10th to win it. Adam Atkins took the loss in relief of Hayden Nixon who threw 8 innings. Offensively, the Ponies were led by Jhonniel Alvarez who was 3-4 with a HR and two RBI's. Matt Spruill was 3-5 with 2RBI's. Trent Shelton also added a couple hits.
PONIES BEAT PARIS ON CAGE'S GRAND SLAM TO STAY ALIVE IN REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
5/11/14- Panola won an elimination game against Paris by a score of 6-3. Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the ninth inning, Victor Claudio led things off for the Ponies with a triple off the right field fence. Nick Marshall drove him in on and RBI single. This put the score at 3-2. Trent Shelton would reach on throwing error by the Paris pitcher while trying to get Greg Martens out on a sacrifice bunt attempt, who was pinch running for Marshall. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Matt Spruill laid down a bunt and Paris's third baseman made a bad throw trying to get out Martens at third. With the bases loaded and 0 out, Hunter Owens struck out swinging. Clint Cage would follow Owens with a Grand Slam home run to give the Ponies a 6-3 lead. Adam Atkins pitched a perfect 7th, 8th, and 9th inning to pick up the win in relief of starting pitcher Preston Guillory who gave up 3 unearned runs in 6 innings of work.
The Ponies return to action again Monday morning a 10:00 am against Alvin. If they win, they will play again at 8:00 pm Monday night.
PONIES FALL TO GALVESTON IN GAME 1 OF REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
5/10/14- Panola lost their first game of the tournament to Galveston 11-6. Panola entered the bottom of the 7th inning leading 6-5. Kyle Black pitching in relief of Marshall Kasowski walked Raphael Gladu to lead off the inning. Kevin Macias would reach on throwing error by Matt Spruill. Taylor Beene reached on another throwing error by Matt Spruill while attempting a sacrifice bunt. With the bases loaded and 0 out, pinch hitter Zach Drouillard reached base on catcher's interference call bringing in the tieing run. Josh Santos would follow with a 2 run single to bring the score to 8-6. Robbie Petty came in relief of Kyle Black. After giving up RBI fielders choice to Nathan Turner, Austin Baron hit a 2-run double to push the score to 11-6. The Ponies had 11 hits on the day. Trent Shelton was 2-4 with an RBI. Matt Spruill added a 2 run HR. Hunter Owens was 2-4 with a 2B. John Shattles was 3-5 with a HR and 2 RBI's. Jake Garcia was 2-3.
The Ponies return to action on Sunday in an elimination game against Paris at 1:00. You can follow the games live on tsrnsports.com
PANOLA SWEEPS BOSSIER IN FINAL CONFERENCE SERIES
5/3/14- The Ponies swept a DH against Bossier Parish CC to win all 3 games of their final conference series of the year. In game 1 of the DH, the Ponies won 3-0 behind a complete game shutout from Marshall Kasowski. Marshall picked up his 7th win of the season by only give up 4 hits and striking out 9. Offensively, the Ponies were led by Jake Garcia and Hunter Owens who were both 2-3. In game 2, the Ponies won 8-6. Robbie Petty picked up his 2nd win of the year in relief of starting pitcher Preston Guillory. Adam Atkins picked up his 4th save of the year. The Pony bullpen pitched 5 scoreless innings. Offensivley, the Ponies were led by Trent Shelton who was 2-4, Hunter Owens was 2-5, Ross Coskrey was 2-2 with an RBI double.
With the wins the Ponies finished the year with an 8 game conference winning streak. They ended up with an 18-12 record in conference and will be the #3 seed in the Region 14 tournament which begins Saturday, May 10 at Angelina College in Lufkin, TX.
5/1/14- The Ponies beat Bossier Parish CC by a score of 14-4. Hayden Nixon pitched 7 innings and picked up his 7th win of the season. Trent Shelton had 3 hits and 4 RBI's. Jhonniel Alvarez had 3 hits. John Shattles and Nick Marshall both had 3 hits and 3 RBI's each. The Ponies return to action Saturday at Bossier Parish for their final conference DH of the year. First game starts at 1:00 pm.
CAGE, PETTY, AND MARSHALL EARN REGION 14 ALL ACADEMIC HONORS
Pictured from left to right- Dr. Greg Powell (Panola College President), Jason Causey (Asst. Baseball Coach), Clint Cage, Nick Marshall, Robbie Petty, Todd Shelton (Head Baseball Coach), Don Clinton (Vice President of Student Services & Athletic's Director)
Honorees were selected by the Conference that have completed more than 36 hours with a minimum gpa of 3.25 and have lettered in baseball.
2 PONIES SIGN WITH DIVISION 1 SCHOOLS
MATT SPRUILL, INF- SIGNS WITH MISSISSIPPI STATE
PRESTON GUILLORY, RHP- SIGNS WITH TCU
5 PONIES SELECTED TO TX/NM JUCO ALL STAR GAME
Back Row- Greg Martens-OF, Head Coach-Todd Shelton, Robbie Petty-RHP
Front Row- Adam Atkins-RHP, Matt Spruill-INF, Clint Cage-OF/1B, Preston Guillory-RHP
2 FORMER PONIES FALL SHORT OF CHAMPIONSHIP
Two former Panola Ponies fell short in the their quest for a National Championship this week in Omaha, Nebraska. Nick Ammirati- C and Brett Pirtle- 2B, both had starting roles for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs. The Bulldogs lost to UCLA in the Championship Series. They finished the year with a 51-18 record.
#17- Nick Ammirati-C, was a 2011 graduate of Panola College, where he was and All-Conference catcher. Nick was also drafted out of high school in 2009 by the Florida Marlins. He is from Sparta, NJ.
#13- Brett Pirtle-2B, was a 2012 graduate of Panola College, where he was an All-Conference infielder. Brett was a second team all SEC selection. He is from Tyler, TX. Brett had a 43-game on-base streak end Tuesday's loss to UCLA. He tied for the most hits in the CWS with seven.