Eagles Honored By Suncoast Conference

Eagles Honored By Suncoast Conference

Five Polk State College Eagle baseball players were honored by the Suncoast Conference for their outstanding play.

Polk State sophomores catcher Erik Hindmon (Ocala) and Trey Norris (Frostproof) lead the College's honorees as Defensive Player of the Year and Fireman of the Year.

Hindmon, who was an NJCAA All-American as a freshman, has thrown out 38 percent (22 of 35) of baserunners against him this year.

He has hit in the middle of the lineup all season while playing in all but one of Polk's games.

Hindmon is batting .290 with 27 RBI in 48 games.

"Erik has been phenomenal behind the plate," Corbeil said.  "You've got to have a guy back there you can trust, especially with all our young pitchers."

Hindmon was more than trustworthy for the Eagles.

"He's thrown the ball really well," Corbeil said.

Norris developed a split-fingered fastball and curveball while adding speed to his fastball since last year.

He broke the school record for saves and leads the NJCAA in the same category.

"He's been lights out," said Polk coach Al Corbeil. "He throws a 91-92 mph fastball and he keeps guys off it so he can throw his secondary stuff. He's definitely been an anchor in our bullpen. He's grown a lot as a person. He's something this club really needed."

Norris is 3-1 with an NJCAA-leading 14 saves and a 2.00 ERA. He's fanned 29 in 21 innings.

Sophomore pitcher Brett Jones (Plant City) along with freshman outfielder Daniel Sweet (Mississippi) and freshman pitcher Matt Pearce (Bonita Springs) were named to the All Suncoast Conference First Team.

Sweet and Jones have covered a lot of ground in the outfield.

"We've got good speed in the outfield," Corbeil said.

The two hit in the top of the lineup as well.

Sweet is hitting .309. He's tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 29. He leads with Eagles with 29 walks and has driven in 27 runs. He had seven doubles and a team-high five triples.

Jones is hitting .273 with a team-high 35 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 48 games. He has six doubles.

Jones is also 3-2 on the mound.

"They've consistently swung the bat well all year," Corbeil said. "Brett's picked it up in the second half. He's had a lot of big hits over the last couple of weeks. Both have 20-plus stolen bases, are driving in runs and are scoring runs."

Pearce's development has impressed Corbeil.

"I feel he's gotten better all season," Corbeil said. "He's blossomed into a No. 1, front-line pitcher. He has command of all four pitches."

In his last three games, Pearce is 3-0 with 17 consecutive scoreless innings. In two of the games, he's fanned 10 batters.  He is 6-1 overall.

Sophomore pitcher Chase Sparkman (Brandon) and freshman infielder Cody DeNoyelles (Windermere) were named to the All Suncoast Conference Second Team.

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Webber International University
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Warner University
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Jan 25
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at Lake-Sumter State College
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Jan 26
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at Broward College
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Eastern Florida State College
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Broward College
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at Daytona State College
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