Congrats to our own Andrew Paul, for being named Assistant Varsity Coach at St John Paul II catholic high school. Now send me some studs. lol. Very proud of you.

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Jeff Allen Sugarland Skeeters



Taylor grad Allen treasuring experience with Skeeters

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Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:00 am

Jeff Allen vividly remembers the phone call he received during the summer of 2012. Almost a year after playing professionally in Roswell, N.M., and fresh from college finals at UT-Brownsville, he did not expect to be catching former Major League pitchers that night.

That was when he heard from a friend and fellow catcher, Baytown Sterling graduate Kade Johnson, who had just injured his hand playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters.

“His first game back he took a ball off his hand,” Allen said. “He called me and said ‘I’m hurt, (Skeeters manager) Gary (Gaetti) said we need another catcher and you’re the only guy in Houston I can think of, so get your butt to the stadium.’ I showed up, I met Gary and he said ‘sign here, go find a locker and get a jersey.’”

Signed with the understanding he would serve as a bullpen catcher, Allen received another surprise when he was called upon to catch the ninth inning that same night.

“That definitely got the heart pumping,” Allen said.

The 2007 graduate of Taylor High School has been with the Skeeters ever since, often working somewhat behind the scenes to help the league’s best pitching staff. He has seen is role increase a bit this season, accompanying the team on a few east coast trips.

“Last year I was activated a few times due to injuries, but that one time in the ninth inning was the only playing time I got last year,” Allen said. “This year I’ve been activated maybe four times. This is the first year I’ve gone on road trips. I’ve been to Bridgeport, Long Island, Lancaster and Southern Maryland.”

Atlantic League players come from a wide range of baseball backgrounds. Allen’s baseball journey took him to Dawson Community College in Montana before two productive years at UT-Brownsville.

He was a student assistant coach while finishing his studies in kinesiology during his fifth year of college, after which he decided to try out for the independent Pecos League.

“After my last year of eligibility, I got home from finals and within a week I left for a tryout in the Pecos League in Las Cruces, New Mexico,” Allen said. “One round of (batting practice) into it, the owner of the league walked up and said ‘you’re going to Roswell.’”

Allen spent one season with the Roswell Invaders, cut short by a shoulder injury. But his baseball life changed for the better within a year.

These days the former Mustangs standout is at Constellation Field every afternoon to work with Skeeters pitchers during bullpen sessions, and is always on call during the game to warm up relievers.

Though it might sound as simple as playing catch, Allen said it took time to adjust to top-level pitching.

“These guys throw extremely hard and their ball moves a lot,” Allen said. “My first two months with this team last year, it was pretty much just try and knock the ball down. I’d never caught guys like this. Everyone in that bullpen has thrown in the Major Leagues. But I’ve learned a lot and have grown as an athlete doing it.”

Allen has enjoyed catching and observing a group of highly-skilled, experienced pitchers. Though the staff has been shuffled through player movement the Skeeters own the Atlantic League’s best ERA at 3.12, almost a full run better than the rest of the league.

“Every single person on our staff brings something different to the table,” Allen said. “You’ve got (Gary) Majewski and (Roy) Corcoran with sinkers, (Jay) Marshall submarines left-handed, (Adam) Miller with power fastballs and command, (Clint) Everts has the nice cutter. All of our guys have that mentality on the mound, the way they battle through at-bats is just amazing.”

Allen said he enjoys just being a part of the Skeeters, particularly during a superb season that included the franchise’s first division championship. He has also added his name to a couple boxscores and has the highest batting average in Skeeters history – 1.000.

On July 6, the Skeeters led 11-0 at Southern Maryland when Allen was informed he would enter the game as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement.

“The (eighth) inning ends, I’m getting (Roberto) Giron loose and Reid Gorecki comes running down and says ‘Allen, you’re the second hitter.’ I’m trying to get all my stuff off, get my bat and get up there.”

Facing former Washington Nationals pitcher Charlie Manning, Allen ended his first Atlantic League at-bat with a single up the middle. He later scored on a sacrifice fly.

“It’s been a great experience,” Allen said. “This team is very special. I’m very blessed to be part of a great organization with a great group of guys.”







RHP Benny Suarez (Mayde Creek HS, Hill College) in just his second year of professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians had a great summer. He broke camp late and was sent to high A where he had an ERA of 3.38 then was promoted to AA where he had an ERA of 2.25 and his last stop was AAA where he had an ERA of 1.23. Still lots of work ahead but he sure did make great strides this year. Congrats bud.



2012 NABF 17u

TSU's Flores ready to conclude college baseball career in grand fashion
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HOUSTON- As the Texas Southern Tigers baseball team prepares for the upcoming season a glimpse into the success TSU could potentially have can be found with ease. With the return of senior pitcher Abel Flores the Tigers appear to be in extremely good hands.
Flores will be called upon to anchor Texas Southern’s pitching rotation. The 5-9, Houston native has been a staple within the Tigers baseball program for the past four years. His leadership, work ethic, determination and drive have helped put the Tigers on the road to becoming one of the top programs within the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
TSU head baseball coach Michael Robertson knows the importance of having a player of Flores caliber on the mound.  
“Abel is the quintessence of Texas Southern Tigers baseball and a consummate professional,” said Robertson.  “He is consistently one of the hardest working student-athletes in our program. He is a leader on and off the field as well as in our community. He does everything we ask of him. We’re expecting him to have a breakout 2013 season and solidify himself as one of the elite pitchers in Division I baseball.
After three complete seasons Flores is on pace to be Texas Southern’s all-time statistical leader in appearances, games started, innings pitched, games finished, and at bats against.
“I really try not to think about breaking records and the pressures that comes with that,” said Flores. “After each and every game I go home and I try to figure out what I can improve on. I never get caught into think about records. I know that if I stay focused on what I need to do every day to get better those things will all fall into place.”

 In 2010, Flores had his longest career streak of scoreless innings streak of 9.1 over five appearances from Aril 10, 2010 to April 26, 2010. Over that scoreless streak Flores helped the team go 7-3 while individually going 2-0, with 1 walk, 15 strike outs (14.8 K/9) allowing just 4 hits, and holding opposing hitters to a .133 batting average.

The following year Flores was critical in TSU’s climb to the playoffs as the Tigers went 8-4 in the second half of the season. Flores went 3-0 in 4 starts over 28 innings pitched. He amassed 15 strikeouts while holding his opponents to a .198 batting average.
In 2012, Flores was also instrumental in helping Texas Southern tie its best start after ten games (8-2) in school history (8-2 in 1999). During that 10-game stretch he pitched in five games with one start, going 1-1 and collecting 1 save. He totaled 10.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, with  an opponent batting average of .222, while walking 4 batters and striking out 15 (13.2 K/9) with a ERA of 1.69

Texas Southern has gone 7-6 in the SWAC Tournament during Flores' career. He has pitched 22.2 innings during the conference tournament going 0-1 in 6 appearances and 2 starts. He collected 20 strikes outs (8.1 K/9) while walking 14 batters and held opposing hitters to a .190 batting average. Flores also hit .400 with 2 RBI’s in three games played during the SWAC Tournament.
“There’s definitely nothing we want more as a team than to go out a win a SWAC Championship,” said Flores. “Over the course of my career I’ve always tried to be a leader. Every day in practice I try to encourage and push my teammates to succeed. We’ve gotten so close to winning a SWAC Championship in the past. Our team is hungry this year and our goal is to not only win our conference but also to go out and compete well in the NCAA Tournament.”

As a reliever, Flores has made 33 appearances, going 6-2 with 5 saves and collecting 71 of his innings pitched. As a bullpen contributor he has an ERA of 3.04, held opponents to .211 batting average and 10.1 K per 9 innings. While as a starter Flores has made 24 starts going 5-9. Over his 131 innings as a starter Flores has an ERA of 5.91, allowing opponents a batting average of .274 and 5.7 K per 9 innings.
With such impressive numbers it won’t be a surprise if one day in the near future Flores hears his name called in the Major League Baseball Draft. But whatever the case maybe at the conclusion of his collegiate career Flores knows he will leave Texas Southern a well round individual.
“I’ve had great experiences here at Texas Southern,” said Flores. “Coach Rob provides us with structure and he gets us ready to compete both mentally and physically. He is a big reason why I’ve been able to have so much success at TSU. Coach Rob doesn’t just care about what happens out on there on the field. He cares about all of us becoming not just great baseball players but also great men.”
Flores and the Tigers baseball team will start fall camp in mid September. The Tigers first regular season game of the 2013 season is slated for February 15th at the Jackson State Invitational in Jackson, Miss.
Abel Flores by the numbers: 
Has a career record;
10 wins (9th All Time-17)
11 losses
5 saves (3rd All Time-9)
2 saves in 2011 and 2012 is 7th all-time single season record
56 appearances (4th all time-78) 20 appearances in 2011 is 6th all-time single season record
23 games started (9th all time-34)
195 Inning pitched (4th all time-240)
160 strike outs (4th all time-245)
112 walks (3rd all time-120) 47 walks in 2011 is 10th all-time single season record
.253 opponent average (4th All time-.237) .215 opponent average in 2011 is 1st all-time single season record, .218 opponent average in 2012 is 2nd all-time single season record
22 games finished (3rd all-time-38) 8 games finished in 2010 and 2011 is 5th all-time single season record
888 at bats against (4th all time-889)
24 wild pitches (2nd all-time-25) 10 wild pitches in 2010 is 3rd all-time single season record
14 Most picks offs (1st all-time) 7 runners picked off in 2010 is 2nd all- time single season record
 7.4 Strikes per 9 inning; 9.42 K/9 in 2010 is 8th all-time single season record

Jordan Marah

ALUMNI REPORT: Conroe grad Marah tosses no-no for Northeast Texas CC

Conroe High School graduate Jordan Marah led Northeast Texas Community College to a 5-0 victory over Paris Junior College on Wednesday with a seven-inning no-hitter. He struck out four and walked three.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 9:16 pm

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Conroe High School graduate Jordan Marah tossed a no-hitter Wednesday to halt Northeast Texas Community College?s four-game conference losing streak.

Marah?s no-hitter powered the Eagles to a 5-0 victory over Paris Junior College.

Northeast Texas (29-13, 22-10) entered the game on a four-game skid after dropping doubleheaders against Texarkana and Panola last week.

Marah?s performance helped the Eagles turn things around. He struck out four and walked three in the seven-inning game, the first of a doubleheader.

It was the sophomore right-hander?s first no-hitter at any level of competition, and helped Northeast Texas maintain its hold on second place in the National Junior College Athletic Association?s Region XIV East Zone.

?It was amazing,? Marah said after the game. ?You always dream of doing it, but you have no idea what it is like until you throw one.?

While Marah knew he was having a good day, he didn?t realize the situation he was in until late in the game.

?I didn?t know what was happening until we were batting in the bottom of the sixth. I thought back over what they had done during the game and realized nobody had gotten a hit yet,? he said. ?After I found out what was going on, that was all I could think about. I had never gone that deep into a game with a no-hitter. Being able to finish it off, that was amazing.?

The Eagles? defense had Marah?s back, and played a big part in the victory. After committing 11 errors during last week?s four-game skid, Northeast Texas played flawlessly.

Third baseman Shane Segovia twice scooped up slow-rolling grounders down the line before making strong throws to first to record outs while right fielder Wesley Hoover made a spectacular sliding catch in shallow right-center to rob Paris of a hit in the fourth inning.

Offensively, the Eagles benefited from a true team effort as all eight of their hits came from different players.

Angus Roeger had two RBI while Luis Sanchez, Hoover and Richard Bain added one apiece.

It was a much-needed win as Northeast Texas finds itself in a battle for the conference lead with the season winding down.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Marah threw 55 of his 81 pitches for strikes, and fired 14 of 23 first-pitch strikes. He got seven groundball outs, eight fly outs and one caught stealing along with one fielder?s choice.

?It?s a big win,? Marah said. ?It?s not just a big win for me, but for us as a team. It was huge to come out and get this win against what looks to be a playoff team. It should help us get back on track.?

The Eagles trailed early in the second game of the doubleheader, but used a six-run fourth inning to pick up a 6-2 victory.

The Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring runs in the second and third innings, but Northeast Texas rallied in the bottom of the fourth.

Segovia got the inning going with a leadoff double to right before moving to third on a single to left by Matt Durst. Roeger plated Segovia with a single to left to get the Eagles on the board, and Zach Costa kept the inning rolling by loading the bases with an infield single. Billy Gonzales was hit by a pitch to force in Durst from third and tie the game.

Hoover followed with a single to right that scored Roeger and Costa, and Gonzales scored on a throwing error to put Northeast Texas up 5-2. The Eagles added another run later in the inning on a single up the middle by Sanchez that scored Hoover.

Starter Tanner Allgood continued Northeast Texas? great day on the mound with a nine-inning, complete-game effort. He allowed two runs on four hits and one walk, and struck out eight.

The Eagles? wins kept them one game behind Navarro for the conference lead.

Northeast Texas will be back in action Saturday with a doubleheader at Lon Morris in Jacksonville.

17u Team in TN, Championship Game

2011 17u Team Tenn.