Coach Jon Shockley's "Shout Out"

Seven questions about the team; one about the Super Bowl

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- On the heels of their three-game sweep of Hillsdale College last weekend, Southwestern Assemblies of God University will host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Central Christian College (Kansas) will take on the Lions in a 4:00pm twin bill on Friday, followed by a pair on Saturday that will begin at high noon. (Weather forecast listed below)

The WSC is located on Broadhead Road, just north of 287, across from the Whataburger and Show Biz theatres. The diamond is situated in the far corner of the complex. Protected seating as well as concessions and restrooms are available. Admission is free to the general public.

The sweep of Hillsdale was the first time in at least four years that SAGU took a three-game set from anyone. Last year they won a pair of series (vs. Hillsdale and Jarvis Christian), 2-1, and won two-in-a-row on two occasions.

In 2010 they were able to win back-to-back games just once. The year before, in 2009, they topped Paul Quinn College, 2-1, and had a pair of three-game win streaks – but no 3-game sweeps.

SAGU-CCC series subplot

The storyline for the Central Christian series starts at the top. The Lions’ new head coach, Jon Shockley, held the same position with the Tigers a year ago. His assistant, Aaron Childress, took the reins of the Striped Tabbies this season.

It is the first meeting between the teams since 2006 when C-cubed defeated SAGU in Waxahachie by a 14-11 count.

Coincidentally, two players who helped the Lions rally in the late innings, catcher Tommy Benningfield (.338 batting average that season) and third baseman Derek Fortner (.340), are still part of the Southwestern sports family today.

Benningfield is an Assistant Coach under Shockley and Fortner’s wife, Mandy, is the Head Coach for the SAGU women’s soccer team.

Coach Shockley will continue to utilize the early season, non-conference games to solidify his line-up and to provide experience for back-ups. Read his comments below in this week’s installment of Shockley’s Shout Out.

The Tigers began the season by coming up short during four-games in New Orleans against Loyola University. CCC competes in the NAIA in the 6-team Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

McPherson, Kansas is home to Central Christian College. With a population of 13,155, it is consistently named one of America’s 100 best 'small towns.' The city is named after Union General James Birdseye McPherson, a Civil War general. It is 55 miles northwest of Wichita in the center of the Sunflower State.

The Tigers have traveled 440 miles from McPherson to Waxahachie.

Projected Weather

The National Weather Forecast is calling for 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms on Friday with a high of 74. Between 4-8pm the temperatures will drop from 72-to-60 with south-southeasterly winds around 10-12 mph. The chance of rain will increase to 60%.

Looking ahead to Saturday, which will include a noon doubleheader, conditions are expected to improve significantly. Watch for a mostly cloudy sky, though milder in the low 60’s. There is no chance of rain with winds to the north at 11 mph.

Shockley’s Shout Out to Fans

Q1) Congrats on the 3-0 weekend! Three well-pitched games, including two complete games and a no-hitter. Is it safe to say that pitching will be the area that shows the most improvement this season?

JS: There are no doubts that one of our strengths will be our pitching staff. We still had five good pitchers that did not get an opportunity to throw this past weekend. We’ve shown great improvements in our offense as well.

Q2) The Lions play a pair of home doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Who will start on the hill in the games?

JS: As of right now I’m looking at Nic Morgan (Ft. Worth, Tx / LeTourneau, Boswell HS), Jon Savis (Canton, Tx / Canton HS), Mario Mendoza (Ft.Worth, Tx / Grambling State, Polytechnic HS) and possibly Robert Elles (Red Oak, Tx / Tyler JuCo, Red Oak HS) or Zack Worrell (Ft. Worth, Tx / Central Christian, LD Bell HS) for the fourth game. All but Jon are lefties.

Q3) SAGU will be facing Central Christian College, from McPherson, the same team you were coaching last year. How will you approach these four games against many people you are friends with?

JS: My approach will be the same as with any other team; never underestimate your opponent. Give 100% effort at all times during the entire game. Central will not back down or give up, they will fight the entire game.

Q4) Aaron Childress is the new head coach of the CCC Tigers. Tell us something about him and how your friendship will affect your competitiveness?

JS: Coach Childress is very people-oriented. His ability to recruit and attract baseball players is unparalleled. Childress’ passions are a lot like mine, he loves to minister through baseball and see lives changed.

He is a coach that demands 100% effort and a “never quit” attitude. I know that Central will fight until the end because of the leadership at Central. Coach Childress is a man of character and integrity and I look forward to a good battle out on the baseball field.

Q5) The middle of the Lions defense is very solid, with Dustin Jett roaming in centerfield and the shortstop-second base combination of Jacob Spivey and Donovan Vess. What makes them so good?

JS: Dustin Jett (Patterson, La / Patterson HS) is one of those players you wish you had in every position. He’s fast, he’s good and he is very coachable. He is a senior that has a lot of experience and a young man with great integrity.

What makes Jacob Spivey (Georgetown, Tx / Harker Heights HS) and Donovan Vess (Ft. Worth, Tx / Eastfield College) so good is their ability to know where they are on the field. For example, they can make a great play, turn and make a good throw and make it look so easy because of their internal GPS. They both have great gloves and quick hands.

Fans can expect great plays on the field from both of these players and they will see a lot of double-plays this season.

What makes all three of these guys such good players is there selflessness. They will sacrifice their at-bat for the betterment of the team. That’s hard to find sometimes in really good athletes.

Q6) You are from Wichita, Kansas, home of the Wichita State "Shockers." Your last name is Shockley. Any coincidence? What exactly is a Shocker?

JS: Ha! I’m not sure there is any correlation between Shockers and Shockley.

The name Shocker started many years ago when Wichita State University, formerly Fairmount College, received its first mascot name about the time it received its first football coach. Tradition has it that in 1904, a football manager needed a name for the team in order to advertise Fairmount's upcoming engagement with the Chilocco Indians. He came up with Wheatshockers.

At the time, many Fairmount (WSU) football players earned tuition and board harvesting, or "shocking," wheat during the summer harvests, so the name seemed appropriate.

Q7) So far this season, who is the most serious player on the team and who is the funniest?

JS: The most serious player would have to be Ben Chavez (Roswell, NM / NM Military Institute). He is intense, a competitor and loves playing the game.

The funniest would have to be Chris Stanley (Harker Heights, Tx / Harker Hts HS). Chris will make a statement, sometimes in a serious situation that makes you laugh and sometimes eases the tension.

BONUS Q: Who do you think will win the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this Sunday night?

JS: The New York Giants!

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Baseball, Softball Updates

Baseball, Softball Updates

Mar 04, 2013 - Baseball News

Lions welcome Wiley on Fri/Sat Lady Lions host Northwood on Thurs WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The baseball and softball teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University will be ...

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Baseball Lions begin conference season

Baseball Lions begin conference season

Feb 22, 2013 - Baseball News

Three-game series vs. Jarvis this weekend Killebrew, Pisors will start the first two games WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The young baseball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God Un...

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Lions out-roar, outlast Coyotes

Lions out-roar, outlast Coyotes

Feb 14, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU earns split of 4-game series Baseball team wins twice with late rallies WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team battled a perenn...

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Lions split DH with Kansas Wesleyan

Lions split DH with Kansas Wesleyan

Feb 14, 2013 - Baseball News

Team travels to Ozark Mountains today Four-games vs. Ecclesia College on Fri/Sat WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The new look, new attitude Southwestern Assemblies of God University men...

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Baseball, Softball at home today

Baseball, Softball at home today

Feb 08, 2013 - Baseball News

Lady Lions play on campus, Lions at WSC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the 2013 softball season commences today for Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a doublehead...

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Lions enjoy sweet sweep of victory

Lions enjoy sweet sweep of victory

Feb 06, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU takes pair from Crusaders Play of Pitchers and Denton is plenty WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Like a busy tailor, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team has ...

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Lions host doubleheader today

Lions host doubleheader today

Feb 05, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU faces Dallas Christian College Games played at 2:00pm at the WSC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The season-opening homestand continues today for the baseball team from S...

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Lions, Pisors blank Patriots, 9-0

Lions, Pisors blank Patriots, 9-0

Feb 04, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU battled #5 Rogers State twice Purple Pride has 5 home games this week  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The non-conference, early season schedule continued over the w...

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Lions yield big rally, fall 13-10

Lions yield big rally, fall 13-10

Feb 02, 2013 - Baseball News

Arlington Baptist scores seven in 7th Spivey has 4 RBI; Mee, Froelich rap 3 hits WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team rapped out e...

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Lions sweep; start season at 3-1

Lions sweep; start season at 3-1

Jan 28, 2013 - Baseball News

SAGU whips Hillsdale, 8-5, 7-5 Arlington Baptist visits on Tuesday at the WSC WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Using the timeless baseball basics of good pitching, defense and timely hitting, Southw...

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Lions rally for Opening Day split

Lions rally for Opening Day split

Jan 26, 2013 - Baseball News

Thompson accounts for all runs in 3-2 win SAGU hosts noon doubleheader Saturday WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Greeted by much chillier weather than expected, the Southwestern Assembli...

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Previewing Baseball Lions Line-Up

Previewing Baseball Lions Line-Up

Jan 25, 2013 - Baseball News

Opening Day at home Thursday at noon Pitching staff, depth to carry new-look ballclub WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  There is a great deal of excitement that comes with the start ...

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Baseball Lions: a team in transition

Baseball Lions: a team in transition

Jan 24, 2013 - Baseball News

Veterans, greenhorns set to build a winner Loathing for losing could be the difference WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The new look Lions baseball team from Southwestern Assemblies...

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Baseball Season begins at home, Fri/Sat

Baseball Season begins at home, Fri/Sat

Jan 23, 2013 - Baseball News

Coaches assess new-look Lions team Denton, Sheffield, juniors, named co-captains WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University 2013 baseball team...

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Baseball Lions report on Monday

Baseball Lions report on Monday

Jan 08, 2013 - Baseball News

New hopes abound in final RRAC season Season debut on new campus park, Jan. 25-26 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Second year Head Coach Jon Shockley and a pack of new basebal...

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Baseball Poll motivates SAGU Lions

Baseball Poll motivates SAGU Lions

Dec 19, 2012 - Baseball News

SAGU begins season on Jan. 25-26 Conference coaches pick LSUS as top team WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) baseball coaches recently rated the te...

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Baseball Lions taking shape for 2013

Baseball Lions taking shape for 2013

Dec 19, 2012 - Baseball News

Three Red Oak pitchers could start Elles, Denton, Davis, Sheffield look to lead Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first pitch will not be thrown for another five weeks, but the ...

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Baseball team announces schedule

Baseball team announces schedule

Dec 08, 2012 - Baseball News

New campus park dimensions discussed SAGU has 33 of 50 games at home, 14 on campus WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  When the crash of helmets gives way to the crack of bats, the sporting...

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Baseball Lions ink Threadgill

Baseball Lions ink Threadgill

Aug 31, 2012 - Baseball News

Infielder with a solid bat transfers to SAGU Versatile ballplayer hails from Whitewright, Tx WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the new school year is filled with fresh beginn...

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Baseball Lions: Saddling-up Colten

Baseball Lions: Saddling-up Colten

Aug 30, 2012 - Baseball News

SAGU signs Flower Mound outfielder Recruiting class adds another key player WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced that Colten Conner has s...

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Baseball Lions sign Missouri's Ming

Baseball Lions sign Missouri's Ming

Aug 26, 2012 - Baseball News

SAGU deepens solid recruiting class Shockley names two new assistant coaches WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The baseball recruiting class for Southwestern Assemblies of God University ...

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Baseball signs Alcorn State transfer

Baseball signs Alcorn State transfer

Aug 22, 2012 - Baseball News

Duncanville 3B Redden signs with Lions WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball team has added another key piece towards assembling the Lions’ ...

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Skyler Gilstrap joins Baseball Lions

Skyler Gilstrap joins Baseball Lions

Aug 08, 2012 - Baseball News

Pitcher hails from Smithville H.S. Shockley hopes southpaw is a knockout WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The popular term used to describe a left-handed pitcher is to call them a southp...

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Shortstop is long on skills

Shortstop is long on skills

Aug 08, 2012 - Baseball News

Garett Thomas signs to play baseball Former Red Hawk is third Red Oak recruit WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  A solid recruiting class by the baseball team at Southwestern Ass...

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Baseball signs Ruger Beck

Baseball signs Ruger Beck

Aug 03, 2012 - Baseball News

Centerfielder is team's 13th recruit Lions catch former Lake Worth Bullfrog WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The recruiting class for the 2013 baseball team at Southwestern Assemblies of...

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Baseball Lions sign 6'7 Pisors

Baseball Lions sign 6'7 Pisors

Jul 19, 2012 - Baseball News

High hopes on the hill for righty Shockley has added seven new hurlers WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  As tall tales go, the fictitious Paul Bunyan swung mighty lumber. The hea...

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Buckeye signs with Baseball Lions

Buckeye signs with Baseball Lions

Jul 12, 2012 - Baseball News

T.J. McIntosh is eleventh player to sign Quick-draw catcher brings strong arm to SAGU WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced that TJ (Timothy Joseph...

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Baseball Lions sign Peculiar talent

Baseball Lions sign Peculiar talent

Jul 10, 2012 - Baseball News

Dakota Pruitt: Stout infielder has clout Tenth recruit is team's second from Missouri WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The wave of incoming talent continues to crest! The Southwestern As...

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Shockley secures third baseman

Shockley secures third baseman

Jul 04, 2012 - Baseball News

Asbestos hands for the Hot Corner Billy Mee brings glove, bat, mojo WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- There is a reason it’s called the Hot Corner. The action coming down the third base line gets...

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