Pensacola native Jake Durant is heading to Daytona, FL as the Sophomore has committed to play his junior and senior seasons at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Embry-Riddle has recently made the switch from NAIA to Division 2 and will compete in the Sunshine State Conference which is considered one of the toughest Division 2 conferences.
Sophomore Left-Handed Pitcher, Connor Jahn, has committed to play at Presbyterian College for his junior and senior seasons. The Blue Hose are located in Clinton, South Carolina and play in the Big South Conference. PC is coached by Elton Pollock who is in his twelfth season as Head Coach at Pollock.
Freshman Catcher/Outfielder Onassis Matos was named to the FCSAA 2nd Team All-State this past weekend. Matos, an Orlando native, had already been named 1st Team All-Panhandle Conference earlier in the month.
Onassis played in forty-four games scoring thirty-five runs. In 160 at bats, he tallied a team leading 62 hits including a team leading 18 doubles, one triple, and six homeruns.
Switch-hitting centerfielder, Armond Upshaw, has committed to play at the University of Missouri. The Tigers play in the Southeastern Conference and are coached by Tim Jamieson.
The 5’11 speedster is originally from Newnan, Georgia. Upshaw started all but one game in his two-year career at PSC.
Congratulations to Romero Greer on his commitment to Georgia State University. Greer, a two year starter at shortstop for the Pirates, hit over .300 both seasons at Pensacola State. In his Sophomore season, Greer hit .311 with seven doubles, one triple, and one homerun. He also drove in twenty-three runs and stole seventeen bases.
Former Pirates, Julio DePena and Justin Kortessis, landed on the All-Sun Conference 2nd Team. Both DePena and Kortessis pitched for Pensacola State in 2015.
DePena, a Junior, originally from San Juan Puerto Rico, pitched one year for the Pirates before joining the University of South Carolina Beaufort Sand Sharks.
Former Pirate Ben Emery helped the University of West Florida clinch its first regular season Conference Title since 2011. The Senior catcher, originally from Dunedin FL, is taking advantage of his playing time hitting .367 with two doubles and five RBI’s. UWF will host the Gulf South Conference Tournament for the first time this weekend.
Release Courtesy of PNJ.com
Congratulations to Onassis Matos, Willie Carter, and Armond Upshaw for being named to the All-Panhandle Conference Team.
Onassis Matos made first team after the Freshman from Orlando, Florida hit .388 with nineteen doubles, one triple, six homeruns, and fifty-one RBIs. Matos also stole six bases for the Pirates, as he played outfield, infield, and catcher.
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