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Vikings Sweep Three Rivers to Open Region XVI Season

The Jefferson College Viking baseball team got off to a solid start in Region XVI play by sweeping Three Rivers Community College in a 4-games series.  Redshirt Freshman Joey Polak (Quincy, IL) led the offense with 9 hits (including 4 homeruns) for the 4-game series.  Freshman pitcher, Riley Boyd (El Dorado Springs, MO), had a complete game shutout to earn the win in game 2 of the series.  The Vikings host McKendree University JV on Tuesday before departing to Neosho, MO for a 4-game series with Crowder College.

Weather Changes Vikings Weekend Schedule

Unfortunately, wet weather in Mississippi forced the cancellation of the Vikings four game series at Meridian Community College.  Instead, the Vikings will host Rend Lake College in their home opener on Sunday.  First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12p.m. 

Vikings Open 2018 Season with Winning Road Trip

The Jefferson College Viking baseball team opened up their 2018 campaign this past weekend in Fayette, Alabama.  There was more good than bad for the Vikings.  The Vikings finished with two wins, one loss, and one tie (game called due to darkness).  The pitching staff shined opening weekend by striking out 51 batters in 27 innings.  Freshman infielder Dalton Doyle (Olathe, KS) had a successful debut by hitting .545 for the four game series along with 2 HR’s & 7 RBI’s. The team will travel to Meridian, Mississippi this weekend to play a series with Mississippi Delta Community College and Meridian Community College.


View the 2018 Baseball Exposure Camp Results.


Vikings Open 50th Season on February 9th

The 2018 Vikings baseball team will open their 50th season in school history on February 9th vs. Beville State in Fayette, Alabama.  The Vikings are coming off a 2017 season which saw them win 45 games and earn their 11th consecutive Midwest Community College Conference Championship.  The Vikings enter the 2018 season ranked 23rd nationally in the Perfect Game USA Pre-Season Junior College Poll.  For the 2018 opening weekend the Vikings will play four games over the course of three days vs. Bevill State, St. Louis CC, and Jackson State. 

50 years of Jefferson College Baseball on Saturday, January 27th

When the Vikings open up the 2018 season on February 9th it will mark the 50th season Jefferson College has participated as an NJCAA program.  Alumni and supporters of the baseball program celebrated 50 years of “JeffCo” on Saturday, January 27th at the Fox Run Carriage House in Eureka, Missouri.  Over the course of 50 years the Vikings have established itself as not only a premier college program in the Midwest but across the Nation. View photos from the event.

 

Annual Exposure Camp Scheduled for February 4th

The 22nd Annual Jefferson College Baseball Exposure Camp is scheduled for February 4th.  This annual event will provide high school student-athletes an opportunity to showcase themselves in front of the Jefferson College coaching staff.  Several other 2-year and 4-year colleges will be in attendance as well.  Registration is open and limited to the first 75 registered.  Feel free to email Head Coach Patrick Evers for any questions at pevers@jeffco.edu. Download the registration form.

Six Vikings Makes Their Commitments

Six sophomores made their commitments to continue their academic and athletic careers with 4-year institutions.
Anthony Green – University of Missouri
Hunter Swift – Oral Roberts University
Sam Stewart – Oral Roberts University
Josh Ray – University of Missouri
Cole Milam – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Drake Salsman – Henderson State University

Since 2015 the Viking baseball program has sent 53 players onto 4-year institutions with a total of 32 signing to play at the NCAA Division-I level. 

Green Commits to University of Missouri
Sophomore Anthony Green recently made his commitment to the University of Missouri for his junior season.  Green was a two-way player for the Vikings making contributions both at the plate and on the mound.  This is the second consecutive year a Viking has committed to Mizzou, he will follow former Viking pitcher Cody Siebenberger who committed to the Tigers last season.  Green is the second Viking from the 2018 team to commit to an NCAA Division-I school.

Sam Stewart Commits to Oral Roberts University
Sophomore infielder/pitcher Sam Stewart (Granville, OH) recently committed to Oral Roberts University.  He is the first member of the Vikings to commit to a 4-year school.  Oral Roberts is an NCAA Division-I institution that competes in the Summit League and has made three consecutive NCAA Regional appearances.      

2017 Fall Showcase Camp Results - October 15

Vikings Set to Begin Fall Season

The Jefferson College baseball team is set to begin its Fall season.  The Vikings are scheduled to play on various dates through September and October.  The Vikings finished the 2017 season with a final record of 45-14 and claimed their eleventh consecutive Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Championship.  Seventeen players from the 2017 team signed with 4-year institutions, including thirteen signing with an NCAA Division-I institution.  The 2018 Fall schedule includes games at Busch Stadium on September 10th and will play the University of Evansville on September 16th.  It will mark the 3rd consecutive year the Vikings will have played an NCAA Division-I school in the Fall.

2017 Showcase Camp Results

Viking Alum Signs Professional Contract
A former Viking recently signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League (Independent).  Trent Leimkuehler (Borgia HS) played for the Vikings in 2013 and 2014 before transferring to Saint Louis University.  Leimkuehler was an All-Region & All-Conference player for the Vikings and earned Atlantic-10 All-Conference honors this past year for the Billikens.

Former, Current, and Incoming Vikings Selected in MLB Draft  
The Jefferson College Viking baseball program was on display during the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  A total of five players with connections to the Vikings were selected, three former players, one current player, and one incoming recruit.  When sophomore, Troy Newell (Francis Howell Central), was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 33rd round I, it marked the 9th consecutive year a Viking was selected.  Former players Doug Still (Sikeston, MO), Anthony Herron (Affton HS), and Justin Paulsen (CBC HS) were all drafted out of Missouri State University.  Still and Herron played their first two seasons of college baseball with the Vikings (2015 & 2016) while Paulsen went to Missouri State after his freshman season with the Vikings in 2014.

Viking Alum Signs Professional Contract
A former Viking recently signed a professional contract with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League (Independent).  Trent Leimkuehler (Borgia HS) played for the Vikings in 2013 and 2014 before transferring to Saint Louis University.  Leimkuehler was an All-Region & All-Conference player for the Vikings and earned Atlantic-10 All-Conference honors this past year for the Billikens.

Three Vikings Earn All-Region Honors
The tradition of earning post-season awards continues with three Vikings earning All-Region honors.  Sophomore’s Troy Newell, Cole Bornhop, and Ryan Mantle all were selected to the All-Region team.  Newell went 11-1 on the mound for the Vikings with a 1.40 ERA.  Newell will be moving on to Western Kentucky University.  Cole Bornhop was a unanimous selection as catcher, Bornhop hit .331 on the season with 8 HR’s and handled a pitching staff that was among the best nationally in several categories.  Bornhop will be playing at Southeast Missouri State University next season.  Ryan Mantle earned All-Region honors as an infielder.  Mantle led the Vikings batting .370 with a team high 11 HR’s, he will be attending Creighton University for his junior season.

Another Viking Makes Commitment
Right-handed pitcher Jacob Voss recently made his commitment to continue his baseball and academic career at Creighton University.  Voss was dominant in his role out of the bullpen for the Vikings with 37 K’s in only 17.1 IP.  Voss will be joining his teammates Jordan Hovey and Ryan Mantle at Creighton, which competes in the Big East Conference.  Voss is the 11th Viking from the 2017 roster to commit to an NCAA Division-I institution.

Vikings Fall in Region XVI Championship
The top-seeded Jefferson College Vikings started off the Region XVI Tournament on the wrong foot. The Vikings lost their opening round game verse Mineral Area College, but were able to rebound and win their next three games against St. Louis CC, Mineral Area College, and Crowder College to force the (if needed) championship game.  Unfortunately, the Vikings ran out of gas and lost to Crowder College in the final game of the tournament 17-6.  Although the Vikings fell short of their goals, the team finished with a 45-14 overall record and won their 11th consecutive Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Championship. 

Vikings Capture 11th Consecutive Conference Title
The Jefferson College baseball team earned its 11th consecutive Midwest Community College Athletic Conference Championship after sweeping a doubleheader last week vs. Mineral Area College.  The Vikings finished the regular season with a record of 16-2 in conference and 40-12 overall.  This marks back to back 40-win seasons for the Vikings and their 5th season of 40+ wins in the last 8 years.

Siebenberger Commits to Mizzou
Redshirt-Freshman pitcher/outfielder Cody Siebenberger (Freeburg, IL) recently committed to the University of Missouri to continue his baseball and academic career.  He will be the 7th Viking to commit to the Tigers since 2010.  He is the 8th player from the 2017 Vikings to commit to an NCAA Division-I institution.

Former Viking Earns Pitcher of the Week Honors
Former Viking pitcher, Pat Schnieders, earned Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week Honors for his performance on the mound this past Saturday.  Schnieders, currently a senior at University of Evansville, pitched 5 innings of hitless baseball while striking out 11 batters in their game vs. University of Central Arkansas.

Two Sophomores Earn Pre-Season Recognition
Sophomores Spencer Juergens (Washington, MO) and Ryan Mantle (Linn, MO) were recognized by Perfect Game as being one of the Top 100 Junior College Prospects for the 2017 MLB Draft.  Juergens is committed to the University of Houston for his junior season and Mantle is committed to Creighton University.  The Vikings open the 2017 season on February 11th in Millington, Tennessee.

Seventh Viking Makes Commitment
Sophomore outfielder Ryan Fish (Oak Park, IL) signed with University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) on the final day of the NCAA early signing period.  UTRGV is an NCAA Division-I Institution that plays in the Western Athletic Conference.  Fish is the 7th member of the 2016-2017 Vikings to sign with an NCAA Division-I institution. 

 

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