Local baseball, softball players faring well at NCAA D-1 level

Published 11:42 am Friday, April 13, 2018

Former Orange County softball and baseball standouts are representing well in the NCAA Division I ranks, especially in the Southland Conference.

Leading the softball parade is Bridge City graduate Kasey Frederick, who is the leading hitter for a stout Nicholls unit. Frederick is hitting a lofty.364 with four home runs, 11 doubles and 25 runs batted in as the Lady Colonels are 26-11 overall and 11-4 in SLC play.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville grads Taylor Fraccastoro, Kassie James and Angel Villanueva are each competing well for SLC schools.

Fraccastoro, a senior at SFA, is hitting .272 with five home runs and 29 RBI as the Lady Jacks are 21-17 overall and 9-6 in SLC action.

Villanueva, a junior transfer from Galveston JC, is having a solid first campaign at Incarnate Word as she his hitting .349 with two home runs and nine RBI. Incarnate Word is currently 12-21 overall, 5-11 in SLC play.

James is wrapping up an excellent college run at Houston Baptist after a nice stint at Angelina Junior College. The senior is hitting

In baseball, Bridge City product Chase Shugart is trying to help the Texas Longhorns conquer the Big 12 Conference.

The junior currently owns a 3-2 record in 46 1/3 innings of work. He has a 4.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts as the Longhorns stand 22-13 overall but more importantly 9-3 in Big 12 play.

Fellow Bridge City product Kevin Bergeron is having an amazing sophomore campaign for Incarnate Word. Bergeron is hitting a lofty .362 with eight doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI as the Cardinals are n the mix for the SLC title with a 22-12 overall mark and 8-4 SLC record.

Four West Orange-Stark products are also competing in the SLC.

Aidan Anderson and Grant Anderson are both pitching for McNeese State (13-20, 9-6 in SLC).

Aidan has a 3-4 mark. He has tossed 38 innings, striking out 41 with a ERA of 4.23. Grant has a 3-3 mark and has worked 36 innings, fanning 35 with a 3.22 ERA.

Jack Dallas and Payton Robertson are both playing for Lamar (7-26, 3-12 in SLC). Dallas has a 1-2 mark with a 2.25 ERA in 28 innings of work and has 22 strikeouts. Robertson has started 14 games and has a home run, four RBI and five runs scored.