Apr 24, 2013 5:29 PM by Cane Cutters Media Relations
The Cane Cutters are getting close to filling their entire Opening Night roster for the 2013 Texas Collegiate League Baseball season. On Wednesday morning, Head Coach Lonny Landry made three more mores to bolster the catching position and the Cane's bullpen. Northwestern State and Louisiana natives Vaughn Shapen, Dillon Crain, and New Mexico Lobo Victor Sanchez look to help Acadiana capture their first-ever TCL Championship this summer.
Northwestern State freshman catcher Vaughn Shapen, of Shreveport, is eager for this summer to arrive. While in high school at Loyola College Prep last spring, the young catcher played tremendously. Shapen finished with an astounding .470 batting average and captured All-State honors his senior year. In addition to his gaudy average, Shapen also holds the all-time school record for hits, and is the proud owner of a 34 game hitting streak.
Dillon Crain, a freshman right-hander from Converse, Louisiana, has already gotten a taste of college baseball action for Northwestern State this spring. In five appearances for the Demons, Crain has pitched 7.1 frames, and has tallied 5 strikeouts. As a senior at Converse High School, Crain was named the 2012 Louisiana Pitcher of the Year and earned a Louisville Slugger All-American honor. Dillon concluded last season with a stifling 1.03 ERA from the bump, with an phenomenal 203 opposing batters dismissed on strikes.
Redshirt freshman Victor Sanchez also plans to come out of the bullpen for the Cutters in 2013. The 6'1", 190-pound righty from Albuquerque attended Volcano Vista High and makes his home pitching for the University of New Mexico Lobos. With this season well underway, he has made 8 appearances and worked in 7.2 innings. During that time, Sanchez has earned a 1-0 record, while sitting down nearly a batter per frame on strikes. Sanchez has showed much maturity and dependability as a redshirt freshman during the first half of the season and has come in to give the Lobos the edge they need to win some close contests.
The first pitch of this summer's Texas Collegiate League season is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Fabacher Field in Youngsville, when the Acadiana Cane Cutters take on the Brazos Valley Bombers on Thursday, May 30th. Opening Night 2013 is sponsored by your locally owned and operated Sonic Drive-In locations in Acadiana. For season tickets, single-game tickets, group outings, and other hospitality options, visit CaneCuttersBaseball.com or call (337) 451-6582 for more information! Swing by Fabacher Field all summer for the best in live entertainment and the only place to catch collegiate league summer baseball. Keep up with the Cane Cutters by checking us out on Facebook or Following us @CaneCuttersBB.