Weatherford College was well-represented on the 2015 Baseball All-Conference Team, released by the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference May 4. With seven honorees, it was Weatherford’s largest contingent since the 2004 conference championship team.
Matt Walker, a freshman right-hander from Aledo, won Pitcher of the Year honors. Walker was 7-0 with 64 strikeouts over 53 innings pitched during the regular season.
Quintin Rohrbaugh earned the NTJCAC Hitter of the Year award. The sophomore second baseman from Arlington Bowie led the league in home runs with 15, was third in hits with 74, posted a .391 batting average and turned in 53 RBI and 16 doubles.
Walker, Rohrbaugh, Colton Turner (1B), Zak Michener (OF), and Valente Canada (C) were first team All-Conference selections.
Chase Sarchet (OF) and Tyler Wesley (P) earned second team recognition.
Howard rallies to beat WC, season ends for Coyotes
After building an 8-2 lead after five and half innings, it looked like Weatherford College was on their way to a win over Howard College in the Region V Baseball Tournament May 9 at Texas Tech. But Howard rallied, scoring four runs in the fifth inning, four more in the sixth, and three more in the final two frames to take a 13-12 victory.
WC’s season ended with two losses in the tournament and a 39-15 overall record.
It was a battle of two top-20 teams, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association. WC was ranked No. 13 in the nation, and the Hawks (43-14), champions of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, were ranked No. 15.
After a full scoreless inning, WC came out swinging in the second, scoring five runs. Levi Zents knocked in two runs on a fielder’s choice, and Sam Mahofski plated Zents on a hard ground ball to second base. Chase Sarchet knocked in two more RBIs with a line drive double to left field.
Howard scored two runs in the bottom of the third, but Weatherford countered with a two-run home run by Zac Michener in the top of the fifth, making the score 8-2.
WC starter Tyler Wesley was holding his own, allowing only two runs through four innings. But he allowed two home runs and hit two batters in the bottom of the fifth, and Howard cut the WC lead to two, 8-6.
The Coyotes scored three more runs in the sixth, including a sacrifice fly by Valente Canada and a Howard error that allowed Colton Turner to score. But the home half of the fifth was just as costly as the previous inning for WC, as Howard scored four more runs on relievers Andrew Hendel and Joseph Heineman.
Weatherford held on to an 11-10 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, but Howard tied the score on a WC error.
The Coyotes scored again in the top of the ninth with a Rohrbaugh RBI, but a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth by James Davison scored two runs and ended WC’s season.
Davison was 2-for-6 with three runs scored and HC’s Matthew Holcomb knocked in five runs on a 3-for-5 day at the plate.
Howard used nine pitchers in the game, one per inning.
For Weatherford, Michener was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored. Canada and Zents were both 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
WC tied the school record for most wins in a season (39), set in 2010. They set a new program record for fewest losses, surpassing 2008’s 37-19 season.