SAGU procures catcher/pitcher
Lions sign Gage Anderson
All-District catcher has also tossed no-hitter
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University baseball head coach Jonathan Shockley has added a local student-athlete with the signing of Gage Anderson.
The graduate of Blooming Grove High School, 30 miles southeast of Waxahachie, Anderson played both pitcher and catcher. The native of Rapid City, South Dakota, he is 5-foot-10, 190 pounds.
When on the mound for Blooming Grove coach Matt Anderson, he posted a 5-3 record and a 2.33 earned run average.
In 51 innings he surrendered 51 base hits (40 singles, nine doubles, two triples, no home runs), 21 walks while fanning 68 batters. Opponents hit just .232 against him.
The solidly built Anderson equally excelled as a catcher, where he was voted First Team All-District 14 (Class 2A) as a senior. He also earned All-Golden Circle as an infielder while receiving the district’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Blooming Grove, whose mascot is the same as SAGU’s, presented Anderson with the Lion Leadership Award. He collected Honorable Mention All-Golden Circle in his junior campaign.
His career highlight came when he tossed a no-hitter against (Jewett, Tx) Leon H.S. Anderson is described as a player who leads and inspires with his hearty effort on the diamond.
“I love the school and its’ atmosphere,” he said about Southwestern. “I feel it will strengthen my faith as a Christian.”
“I also like the direction the baseball program is heading. I'm proud to be part of it,” he added.
The physical education major is the son of parents Robert and Tiffani. His siblings are Dillon and Jourdan.
About SAGU baseball
Southwestern has been establishing a young baseball program for a decade. The Lions are in the hunt to contend for their first winning record and to qualify for post-season life.
Southwestern competes in the Red River Athletic Conference, which has schools from four states; Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico.
The #1 ranked team in the nation, LSU-Shreveport (54-6 record), is just one of several perennial powers in the RRAC.
As dual Division I members in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), the Lions have post-season options and a wider field of opponents.
The team will release the 2013 schedule in the fall. Players will report for camp in September, which ends in October.
SAGU comes home to their new, on-campus field for the start of the season in late January.
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