Baseball Lions ink Threadgill
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 beginnings, new friends and goal-setting. For the baseball program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, nearly twenty new student-athletes have also come to play baseball for the new-look Lions.
Second year Head Coach Jon Shockley inked another player, Gregory Bryant Threadgill, who transferred from Dallas Christian College. The 6’3, 200-pounder, brings skills that will enable him to compete this fall for an active role with SAGU.
Threadgill’s hometown is Whitewright, Texas, near the Red River that borders Oklahoma in the Sherman, Dennison area. He played for Whitewright HS, where he played first and third base as well as pitching.
His prep stats included a .402 batting average and a .620 slugging percentage. Thirty RBI’s and three homers revealed power and clutch-hitting, something that SAGU sorely lacked last spring.
On the mound he had a 4.50 earned run average, struck out 88 and racked up an 8-5 record.
Threadgill earned his share of awards, among them; First Team All-District during three years and was the offensive most valuable player of his district as a senior.
While playing for Head Coach Earnest Pena at Whitewright, he once hit a home run in a game in which his team hit three longballs in a row; back to back to back, with his coming last.
The Tigers started one season by losing their first 10 games, then recovered and finished with a 16-16 mark.
At Dallas Christian College, Threadgill played for Head Coach Denny Dixon.
He is the son of parents Greg and Lisa Threadgill. He has one sister, Ashton.
He is undecided on his course of study at Southwestern, though he states it will likely involve music.
“I am willing to whatever I can to help my team become better, and to win,” he said last week.
Bryant added that he is anxious to start with a new baseball program and to meet new people. If he hits in Waxahachie like he has elsewhere, many of those friends will be called teammates!
Southwestern will open fall camp on Monday, September 24, when about 40 will vie for a spot on the final roster. The Lions graduated eight seniors from an improved team that went 14-28.
SAGU will begin their home games at their new, on-campus ballfield.
They are dual Division I members in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).
They compete in the 15-member Red River Athletic Conference, a league that produced last year’s #1 ranked team in the country; LSU-Shreveport. The regular season will begin in late January.
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