During an interview this past season, Crowder head coach Travis Lallemand named pitcher Zach Jackson “a winning machine.”
That’s a very precise description of what Jackson did in his two seasons in a Crowder uniform and it’s why Jackson was recently named to the JUCO Blog All-American Team.
Jackson logged two of the best seasons for a pitcher in Crowder history and please let that sink in because of all the high-quality pitchers who have gone through Crowder.
In his sophomore campaign, Jackson posted a 11-0 overall record and a 3.13 ERA, and formed with fellow sophomore Aaron Ashby one of the top pitching duos in NJCAA Division I.
Jackson struck out 82 and walked 15 over 86 1/3 innings and he tossed eight complete games.
As a freshman, Jackson tied a Crowder record for most wins in a season with 12 and he’s tied with James Bridges (1982) and Mike Sisco (2012). Jackson owns the season record for innings pitched with 97 during Crowder’s JUCO World Series run.
Jackson went 12-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 66 strikeouts and 20 walks over 97 innings. He delivered seven complete games.
Overall, Jackson finished 23-3 and that definitely fits “winning machine.”
Back in the fall, Jackson committed to finish his collegiate career at NCAA Division I Arkansas State, a location for many former Crowder players. Other Arkansas State signees include Jack Jumper and Tyler Duncan and they will join Ghostriders Kyle MacDonald and Nate Alberius, who recently completed their first seasons in Jonesboro.
JUCO BLOG ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Player of the Year: Joey Polak, Jefferson
Pitcher of the Year: Sean Chandler, Iowa Western
Two-way Player of the Year: Landon Knack, Walters State
SP: Zach Jackson, Crowder
RP: Cole Larson, Cowley
CL: Tallon Thompson, South Mountain
C: Conrado Diaz, Trinidad State
IF: Max Guzman, Chipola
IF: Michael Lawson, Panola
IF: Leniel Gonzalez, USC Sumter
IF: Zach Sweet, Cisco
OF: Mark Castelblaco, Clarendon
OF: Luis Pelayo, Connors State
OF: Alex Peterson, Cowley
UT: Rankin Woley, Chattahoochee Valley
DH: Saul Garza, Howard