Lions pick Brimberry off Beaumont vine
All-District performer bolsters recruiting class
Coach Blackmon's youth movement in full stride
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball Lions have signed a three-position player from Coastal Texas.
The first recruiting class of new Head Coach Sam Blackmon continues to develop.
Tuck Brimberry signed a Letter of Intent to enroll at SAGU as a student-athlete. He will try to maximize his experience as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop.
He graduated from Legacy Christian Academy (Class 3A in TAPPS*) after transferring from Hardin-Jefferson H.S.
At Legacy, which is located in Beaumont, he played for the Warriors and Head Coach Chris Fackler. “Tuck has always stayed true to his love for the game,” pointed out Coach Fackler.
Brimberry earned All-District honors at Legacy. During his senior season he fanned 42 batters in 27 innings pitched. A highlight occured during his first start as a junior. Brimberry hurled a no-hitter against the Beaumont Central HS Jaguars.
At the plate, his on-base percentage as a senior was a solid .449.
He had sixty plate appearances as a sophomore catcher for the Hawks of Hardin-Jefferson, from Sour Lake. It is north and west of nearby Beaumont (pop. 118,296).
Brimberry, 5’11, also played club ball for the MC Kings and Coach Kolby Morgan.
He plans to study Business and/or Sports Management at SAGU.
His parents are James and Katherine Brimberry. Tuck has a brother, Billy Yard.
About SAGU Baseball
The Lions went 14-34 last season during a youth movement that saw 17 freshmen and eight sophomores combine for 25 of the 29 roster positions. They will be young again when they take the field in January.
SAGU has moved from the Red River Athletic Conference to the Sooner Athletic Conference. The SAC is considered one of the premier leagues in the NAIA, with five teams ranked at season’s end.
The top two teams in the RRAC (Northwood University, Texas Wesleyan University) are also joining the Sooner, so the field of competition just got steeper.
In three weeks the SAC will unveil their newly designed website at www.soonerathletic.org
Coach Blackmon and the rebuilding Lions will hold their annual fall camp, where the team roster will be defined and the line-up takes shape.
The team will seek to qualify for a berth in the 11-team SAC’s post-season tournament.
They also have their eyes on the Central Regional tourney in the NCCAA, which consists of teams from the NAIA and the NCAA's Division 2 and D3.
SAGU plays home games on their campus field as well as at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. The Lions 2014 schedule will be released in the fall.
SAGU Sports' Social Media
Newcomers are urged to check out the SAGU Sports Network fan page on Facebook. The hub of the Lions’ sports media will post video highlights, interviews, articles, photos and athletic news.
The SSN seeks 700 ‘Likes’ by September. Tune in now for the latest tracks on the Purple Pride.
Also, fans are encouraged to follow all SAGU sports news and scoring updates at the new Twitter handle: @SAGUSportsNet
*TAPPS – Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
NCCAA – National Christian College Athletic Association