Coyotes send 18 baseball players to the next level

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Throughout his 11 years as coach of the Weatherford College baseball team, Jeff Lightfoot has taken pride in many of his players taking their skills to an even higher level. That happens in an elite junior college program.

This year is no exception, as 18 Coyotes will be moving on - some even to the professional ranks - while more will be at NCAA Division I schools next season.

"My expectations are high for the players in our baseball program on and off the field, and I believe that this list represents that well," Lightfoot said. "These young men are good representatives of Weatherford College and WC athletics, and we wish them the best with the next challenge.

"Congrats to our baseball and athletics support staff for helping these young men reach their potential."

In all, four players were drafted by major league teams, right-handed pitchers Justin Garcia, Blake Douglas and Jacob Stone by Cleveland, Miami and Colorado, respectively, along with catcher Hunter Lockwood by Tampa Bay. Garcia and Lockwood have signed contracts, while Douglas opted to play at Texas Tech and Stone will play at the University of Arkansas. Garcia was also offered a scholarship to Henderson State.

Others opting to continue in college are infielder Cody Semler and right-handed pitcher/outfielder Trevor Simms, West Virginia; infielder Conner Vandaveer, LSU; outfielder Kole Karol, Arkansas; left-handed pitcher Parker Thomas, Central Florida; catcher Bobby Garner, University of Texas-Dallas; infielder Cam Allerheiligen and left-handed pitcher Brandon Kirkham, Lamar; right-handed pitcher Skyler Wheeler and left-handed pitcher Calvin Loftis, TCU; outfielder Colin Sefcik, Southeastern Oklahoma; right-handed pitcher Dustin Emmons and catcher Eric Garcia, Missouri Baptist; and outfielder Colton Hall, Abilene Christian.

Vandaveer, Karol and Loftis received academic scholarships. Wheeler and Garner were also NJCAA Academic All-Americans.

"It’s a challenge to be a student athlete. Putting yourself in position to be successful in the classroom and the playing field requires a great deal of commitment to both," Lightfoot said. "These young men have accepted the challenge and have done well.

"Many of the institutions listed here are some of the best in the country. I am proud that our guys have put themselves in a position to continue beyond WC."

Former Coyote throws no-hitter in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa – Former Weatherford College pitcher Jacob Stone threw a no-hitter for the Waterloo Bucks July 15.

Stone’s no-hitter was the first complete game no-hitter in Waterloo history. The Fort Worth native struck out seven batters on 121 pitches in a 8-0 win over the Thunder Bay Border Cats.

Waterloo and Thunder Bay play in the Northwoods League, the largest collegiate summer baseball league in the nation.

Stone was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in June, but has chosen to transfer to the University of Arkansas to play for the Razorbacks next season.

The Coyotes advanced to the postseason for a fourth consecutive year, reaching the NJCAA Region V Tournament. They finished with a 33-25 record after making a late-season run to get to the playoffs.

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