Gator coaching staff, players make All-Star appearance


DJ Wilson Gators Assistant Coach

Konner Frazier (L to R), Geonte Jackson and Brandon Sonnenberg pose together after their win against Region 5 West.

The coaching staff and eight baseball players from San Jacinto College North Campus took to LaGrave Field in Forth Worth, Texas for a two-game series as part of the Texas/New Mexico All-Star Game Sept. 26-27.

Region 14 South, San Jac’s conference team took a 9-3 loss against Region 5 North Friday but rallied back Saturday with a 15-1 win against Region 5 West.

Gator coach Tom Arrington, who took over San Jac’s baseball program in 2001, served as head coach for Region 14 South for the All-Star appearance.

DJ Wilson, Assistant Coach for the Gators, said reaching the All-Star game is a complicated procedure.

“Creating this team is a long process of elimination,” Wilson said. “Four conference teams including Region 14 South, Region 14 East, Region 5 North, and Region 5 West all have to elect their best players and then decide on the final eighteen players and eight pitchers.”

However, picking the coach is a simpler matter, Wilson said.

“Deciding on who coaches the team, is the winner from the previous season which was Region 14 South; who finished the 2013 season as the Region 14 South Zone champion with an overall record of 32-21. Region 14 South includes San Jac, Blinn, Alvin, Galveston, Wharton County JC, and Laredo,” he said.

Gators on the All-Star team included catcher Konner Frazier, second baseman Kelvin Ramos, third baseman Geonte Jackson, pitchers Clayton Isherwood and Dustin Cook, outfielder Brandon Sonnenberg, shortstop Matt Eureste, and outfielder Karl Smith.

Although Friday’s game resulted in a loss for Region 14 South, Wilson said there was a lot of impressive gameplay.

“Brandon Sonnenberg had himself a game with one hit, two walks, two stolen bases, a run batted in, and a run scored,” he said.

According to Wilson, Saturday was third baseman Geonte Jackson’s turn to light up the field going 3 for 4 with two doubles, three runs batted in, a stolen base, and crossing home plate two times.