Aggies compete in summer baseball leagues, Dupre named to National Team
Summer is typically a time to slow down and relax for students, but many players from the Murray State College Aggies Baseball team are still hard at work in league play. Several Aggies are playing on league teams across the country, and one Aggie is set to play on a national team.
Left-handed pitcher Trenton Dupre, from Yakima, Washington, has been selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Baseball Team. The NJCAA took nominations from coaches in all divisions, and hand-picked the members from those submissions. MSC Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree says the fact that Dupre pitched against some tough teams this season helped him in the screening process.
“He pitched against some of the best teams in the country,” says Crabtree. “LSU-Eunice, Connors, and Grayson are all tough competitors. We nominated him, but his selection comes off the recommendation of other coaches. They call coaches who he pitched against. Obviously he made a good impression on those coaches. He’s real composed when he pitches and doesn’t let anything bother him.”
Crabtree says playing a successful program helped Dupre in the screening process, but ultimately it was Dupre’s performance in the spring season was the big factor in his selection. As one of the dominant arms in the NJCAA Division II-Region 2, Dupre had 10 starts and an 8-1 record in his 13 appearances. He also pitched a complete game. In 66.2 innings, he had 13 walks, 51 strikeouts, and a 2.84 ERA.
“We are very excited for Trenton and this opportunity that he has earned,” says MSC Associate Head Baseball and Pitching Coach Lloyd Gage. “We are extremely proud of him and the way he carries himself on and off the field, as a competitor and a professional. Academically, he carries a full load of credits and has an overall GPA of 3.37.”
Dupre heads to Iowa in mid-July to start practicing and scrimmaging with the rest of the National Team. This year the team competes in the National Baseball Congress World Series, one of the biggest showcases of amateur talent in the country. Some of the big summer league teams from across the United States are set to appear in the tournament. Also competing is the Puerto Rico National Team. Tournament organizers say this is the first time in 15 years a U.S. national team has competed in the tournament. Dupre won’t be the only Aggie representing at the NBC World Series. Crabtree has also been selected for the national team.
“It’s my first time participating with the national team,” says Crabtree. “I was selected back in the fall to coach infielders and hitters. The team’s head coach is Marc Rardin from Iowa Western.”
Fifteen other Aggies are participating in summer league play across the country. Lane Paul competes for the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Daniel Arthur plays for the Sedalia Bombers in Sedalia, Missouri. Hunter Raley is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin pitching for the Rafters. In Geneva, New York, Trey Edwards plays for the Geneva Twins. There are four Aggies playing for both the Nisqually Silvers & Thurston County Senators in Washington; Trevor Inman, Jacob Martinez, Caleb McDonald, and Jake Patterson. Brandon Grimsley and Colt Pickens are playing for the Kelowna Falcons in Kelowna, British Columbia. Four Aggies, Michael Brinska, Connor Counce, Austin Hagy, and Hunter Hanson, are in Klamath Falls, Oregon playing for the Gems. Brian Greisman plays in Walla Walla, Washington for the Sweets.
MSC has made it easy for you to keep up with the Aggies in the off-season. Links for all the teams have been placed on the Murray State College baseball homepage.
Dupre and Crabtree participate in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas July 25 – August 9. Summer league play continues throughout June and July.