Baseball - Mon, Aug. 16, 2010
wasted little time in his first recruiting season as head coach for Georgetown College, signing 20.
GC posted a 27-32 record, 19-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference, but the second-year coach is not satisfied.
"Bottom line is, third place in the MSC and 32 losses is unacceptable," Karlet said. "We have to get better, and I feel like we did this off season with some of the guys we have coming in."
Karlet believes some of his new players can really be the turning point for Tiger baseball, which has been on the cusp of the national scene the past three seasons.
"I am excited about the potential our team has this year. We really feel we have signed some great players that will be big contributors to our success," Karlet said.
Jeremy Camacho, Brian Smith, Jeff Stirling, Randy Guite, Travis McBride, and Ellis Bowen are all junior college transfers coming to Kentucky by way of California.
"Coach (Micah) Baumfeld did a great job in getting a few guys from California," Karlet said. "Having coached out there previously, he really got to work on finding some players."
Camacho and Guite are infielders, while Smith andStirling have been part of the Lancers battery as catcher and pitcher respectively. McBride is also a pitcher and infielder. Bowen is the lone outfielder in the group.
Camacho, drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 45th round out of high school, has hit over .300 in his two seasons. He led Pasadena in almost every defensive category, as the every-day shortstop, all of which helped to earn him two-time All-South Coast Conference honorable mention.
Smith led California in throwing out attempted stealers with 33 in his first season. This past season he led the Lancers in RBIs, slugging percentage, and extra base hits. He finished tied for third in theSCC with 14 doubles, hitting .325. All of which garnered him two All-SCC honorable mentions.
Guite is another force at the plate, batting .349 with 51 hits, 20 RBIs, 23 runs, 15 multi-hit games, and a 10-game hitting streak. In the month of March alone, he went 20-for-48 with a .417 average and 12 runs, 12 RBIs, six multi-hit games, a .488 on-base percentage, and a .622 slugging percentage. All of which helped to earn himSCC All-Conference and California Community College Athletic Association honorable mention.
McBride had five shutout innings of work against Stanislaus and had a game-tying hit against Grand Canyon University in the bottom of the ninth in a pinch-hit situation.
Bowen was all-conference at Glendale with a .362 average, a .510 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, two homeruns, and hit for the cycle against Missions College on the road.
Logan Jackson, a transfer from University of Cincinnati, was a utility player forTates Creek High School. He played in 19 games forUC before an arm injury sidelined him. In high school, he was a four-year letterwinner and played five different positions - catcher, third, first, pitcher, and shortstop. He was first-team all-city his freshman and sophomore years and second-team all-city and all-state his senior year. He finished his career with the Commodores with a .428 batting average and 15 homeruns.
Brett Doggett, Jimmy Conway, Clay Hall, and John Hunter are freshman from Kentucky about whichKarlet is excited.
Doggett, aDeSales High School graduate, hit .431 in 120 plate appearances. The infielder had a .569 slugging percentage and a .567 on-base percentage. He pitched 36 2/3 innings with a 2.50 ERA and a 7-1 record. He was All-State honorable mention, All "A" State Tournament team, All-Region, All-Region Tournament team, 6th Region Senior All-Star team, All-District, and All-District Tournament team.
Conway, a catcher for Eastern High School, was pre-season top 50 All-State. In his senior year, he had a .436 batting average with 49 runs and 51 hits. He had 13 doubles, a triple, and led the team with six homeruns. Conway had 42 RBIs with a .718 slugging percentage. He was All-State, All 7th Region, All-District, 7th Region All-Star, and played in the East/West senior all-star game.
Hall is a pitcher from Lexington Christian. He was 9-2 this past season with a 1.30 ERA and had a 43 scoreless inning streak.
Hunter is a four-yearletterwinner who batted .377 this past year at Shelby County High School. He had 40 hits, six doubles, one triple and three homeruns his senior year. His fielding percentage was .967.
Others signing with Georgetown were: Joel Price Jr., Caleb Bradley, Mark Wheatley,Dakotah Greenslate, Trey Baily, Joseph Schulte, Nick Fergerson, Sean Meyer, and Blake Jackson.