May 5, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pictured is the 2022 Wharton County Junior College Pioneer Baseball Team. Front row, left to right, are Kole Tauzin of Tomball, Julian Rodriguez of Humble, Rafael Capistran of Brownsville, Kameron Snodgrass of Corpus Christi, Casey Sunseri of the Woodlands, Ben Columbus of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Matthew Delagarza of Victoria, Keaton Urioste of Katy, Hunter Smith of Spring, Daniel Pineda of Deer Park, Criztian Delgado of Kingsville, AJ Smith of Kilgore and team manager Blake Williams. Middle row, left to right, are assistant coach Michael Molina, head coach Trey Porras, assistant coach John Cannon, Jeremiah Bush of Corpus Christi, Andrew Hoanzl of Spring, Mohamed Harati of Houston, Daniel Dial of San Benito, Jake Rabe of Corpus Christi, Ryan Pehrson of Southlake, Ethan Casey of Buda, Andrew Kithil of Round Rock, Rome Shubert of Santa Fe, Derek Saenz of Corpus Christi and assistant coach Ricky Watkins. Back row, left to right, are Will Lee of Spring, AJ Kostic of Surprise, Arizona, Ethan Campos of Houston, Ian Soto Roman of Florida, Puerto Rico, Cole Beddingfield of Spring, Caden Biedermann of Bellaire, Brayden Evans of Pearland, David Lopez of San Benito and Lance Hicks of Spring.
WHARTON, TEXAS – The Wharton County Junior College Pioneers baseball team has qualified for the Region XIV Tournament after a stellar season of 35 wins. That’s only one win short of the college’s single season win record of 36, set in 2004.
“This group of guys has done a great job of wanting to learn and get better daily,” said Pioneers Baseball Coach Trey Porras. “We are extremely excited to get the postseason underway.”
The National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Tournament begins on Friday, May 6, with the Pioneers taking on Bossier Parish Community College at San Jacinto College. The game begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on TSRNsports.com. The tournament consists of two, double-elimination “sub-regionals” which contain four teams each. WCJC is in the sub-regional with San Jacinto College, Bossier Parish Community College and Tyler Junior College.
During the regular season, WCJC beat Tyler twice and played San Jacinto seven times winning two games. WCJC did not play Bossier Parish. The Pioneers finished the regular season at 35-20 and conference at 23-12. The winners of the two sub-regionals will play a three-game series to determine who goes on to the NJCAA World Series.