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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Baseball Roughriders sign 12 players to letters of intent

  • It has been a little more than a week since Crowder head baseball coach Travis Lallemand signed 12 players to letter of intents to play for the Roughriders starting this fall.


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  • It has been a little more than a week since Crowder head baseball coach Travis Lallemand signed 12 players to letter of intents to play for the Roughriders starting this fall.
    Below are small recaps about each player, their comments and a comment from coach Lallemand about the players heading to Crowder.
    Spencer Adcock, Heber Springs, Ark.
    A right-handed pitcher, Adcock, 18, chose the junior college route and bypassed overtures from Arkansas State, University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Ole Miss.
    Adcock throws between 86 and 88 miles per hour, but he said, “On a good day, 89 miles per hour.”
    “I like the chance I get to play the first two years of college and I also get to knock out 60 percent of my classes,” Adcock said.
    “He is a mid-80s right-hander with a good breaking ball,” Lallemand said. “He is another guy that will come in and compete for a spot in the rotation next year.”
    He is the son of Jimmy and Stephanie Adcock.
    Johnny Hendrixson, Rowlett, Texas
    The first time Hendrixson came to Neosho it was last summer while playing for the McKinney Marshall team in the Premier World Series. That is when Hendrixson, 18, caught the eye of the Crowder coaching staff.
    An outfielder at Sasche High School, Hendrixson chose Crowder over offers from Army and Stephen F. Austin. A Texas Tech fan, Hendrixson said his goal is to ultimately play in the College World Series.
    “I like the atmosphere here,” Hendrixson said of Crowder College.
    “He is very talented, he is one of the better ball players here, given his level of ability and playing at this age,” Lallemand said.
    He is the son of Jeff and Debbie Pennington.
    Clint Horn, Hartville
    A right-handed pitcher/third baseman combo, the 18-year-old chose Crowder over Jefferson County, Allen County, Evangel and Three Rivers.
    “The coaching staff is great and I liked the atmosphere they have and the winning tradition,” Horn said.
    “He is a guy with a plus-change that has a chance to help us in multiple roles,” Lallemand said.
    Horn, the son of Kent and Ellen Horn, expects to be a physical education major.
    Scott McFall, Fayetteville, Ark.
    McFall, 18, is another right-handed pitcher that looked at the Crowder track record.
    “I knew how they develop pitchers,” McFall said. “This is an up-and-coming program for the next few years with the recruiting program they have.”
    McFall, who throws between 84 and 86 miles per hour, also looked at Central Missouri and Paris JC.
    “He is one of the favorites for a rotation spot,” Lallemand said. “He is a mid to upper-80s pitcher with four quality pitches.”
    Page 2 of 3 - The son of Terrell and Debbie McFall, he expected to do something in the engineering field as a course of study.
    John Neil, Ozark
    Neil, 17, is the second Neil to sign at Crowder in recent years, joining his brother Brett, who is currently a freshman second baseman for Crowder.
    “Brett had a lot to do with it, he had a big part to do with it,” said Neil, a catcher for Ozark. “I like the fact that Crowder is close and I like the coaching staff and how they built the program.”
    Neil, the son of Coby and Cathy Neil, chose Crowder over Three Rivers CC and Drury.
    “He is one of most solid signs,” Lallemand said. “He is a good catch-and-throw guy and a good hitter. If he is anything like his brother, he will be a good leader, too.”
    Coby Peebles, Clever
    Peebles, 18, chose to play at Crowder after getting looks from Truman State, Neosho County and Longview.
    “Just knowing what Crowder is about, the kids they got on the team and the coaches, the whole program is why I came here,” Peebles said.
    Peebles is a shortstop at Clever, but could also see time in the outfield or third base for Crowder.
    “He is a switch hitter with pop from the left side,” Lallemand said. “He will be used in multiple positions and he brings something to the table.”
    He is the son of Kevin Peebles and Dina Readinger.
    Tyler Sawyer, Bryant, Ark.
    Sawyer, 18, heads to Crowder as two-position player for Crowder as a third baseman and a right-handed pitcher.
    “I came here for baseball and pretty much the schools that are like Crowder, the big colleges. It fits my plan to play in the major leagues,” said Sawyer, the son of Buzz and Joy Sawyer.
    Sawyer, who wants to play at Arkansas, was also recruited by three other junior colleges.
    “Tyler is one of the most talented kids we signed,” Lallemand said. “He is 89-to-91 miles per hours and my notes say he will throw harder. He turned down an 85 percent scholarship from University of Arkansas-Little Rock. We feel the sky is the limit for him.”
    Kendal San Paolo, Springfield
    A shortstop for Springfield Catholic, San Paolo, 18, picked Crowder over College of the Ozarks and junior colleges Maple Woods and Jefferson County.
    “I like the coaching staff and see more experience in a two-year college,” said San Paolo, the son of David and Mary San Paolo.
    San Paolo, 18, will be viewed as a middle infield/utility player for Crowder.
    “He is a shortstop/pitcher in high school and we like his arm strength,” said Lallemand. “We will move him behind the plate. He can really swing the bat and he is a guy that can hit in the middle of the order for us.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Kyle Seithel, Blue Springs
    Seithel, 18, was noticed by Crowder’s coaching staff at an MU baseball camp. A weekend later he was in Neosho for a visit and committed to play for the Roughriders.
    “It felt right when I came here,” said Seithel. “I know Bubby (Williams) and Eric (Silkwood) from high school. I get a chance to play right away and develop and I will have a chance to be on the baseball field all the time.”
    Seithel is a right-hander pitcher who throws in the upper 80s.
    “Kyle has a great frame and declined a walk-on offer at Nebraska,” Lallemand said. “He is a guy that is in the mid-80s now.”
    The son of Dennis and Janet Seithel, he also looked at Nebraska, Central Missouri and Missouri to play.
    Mike Sisco, Fayetteville, Ark.
    Sisco, 17, is a right-handed pitcher that chose Crowder over fellow junior college Paris and Meramec.
    “Crowder has a good coaching staff and they have a good reputation with pitchers, they have two going to Oklahoma State,” Sisco said, who noted he would love to play for his hometown Razorbacks. Sisco, the son of Mike and Wendy Sisco, will probably be a business major he noted.
    “Mike is another guy like Seithel that is in the mid 80s and could be in the low 90s in time. A good thing about the Fayetteville kids is they come from a winning program and they come here ready to win.”
    Kyle Williams, Springfield
    Williams, 17, is a first baseman from Glendale High School.
    “Crowder has a good baseball tradition and I knew Mike and Dan Kickham (current players) well and they said they liked it up here,” said Williams, the son of Kurt and Susan Williams.
    “He is an A+ student who has a chance to hit for power, that is what intrigued us,” Lallemand said.
    Alex Larkin, St. Louis
    Though not present at the signing, Larkin could be one of the “gems” in this class. A shortstop at St. Dominic, he could be a starter early on for Crowder.
    “Alex might be the best true shortstops we have,” Lallemand said. “He is not flashy but he is a guy that makes plays and could hit in the middle of our lineup.”

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