If the beginning of school was hard deadline for signing baseball players, the SAGU baseball front office duo of general manager Greg Hayes and assistant general manager Clay Scarborough was very busy this week rounding out their roster for the 2007-2008 season.
Last week, the Lions received a commitment from Springfield, MS standout, Jake Watson.
The Longview Community College transfer played third base and second base and posted a .340 batting average at junior college.
Early this week, the Lions signed a duo from Blooming Grove Chris Derden, middle-infielder, was one-half of Blooming duo. Derden was a first team all-district selection three times — once at shortstop, second and designated hitter.
The other half of the Blooming duo is first baseman and catcher Brett McCrory.
McCoy was member of the National Honor Society and the Salutatorian of his graduating class.
In 2004, McCrory was a first team all district-catcher and also earned a Super Central Texas honorable mention at catcher. In 2005, Brett again earned a First Team All-District selection as a Utility player and was a TSWA All-State first baseman.
Finally in 2006, McCrory was named the district's Defensive Player of the Year.
On Friday, Cody Joiner of Eddy also signed to play with the Lions.
Joiner played football and baseball but will play strictly baseball at SAGU after playing linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver and running back in high school.
In addition to football and baseball in high school, Joiner was an all-district power forward in basketball and regional qualifier in the 110 hurdles.
In baseball, Joiner was a first team all-district pitcher and was selected the top pitcher in his district.
This slew of signings all for intents and purposes wraps up the SAGU baseball recruiting season.
The first goal was to get healthy and four months of rest was the prescription the doctor ordered.
Of the Lions opening day starting line-up, eight of the nine players suffered injuries through out this past season.
The second goal was to build around six returning pitchers who made significant contributions last season toward being the number three staff in the their division.
Finally, the Lions needed to gain depth and youth at many positions around the field, a lesson learned and taken to heart from last season.