Jaksa Adds Three in Spring Signing Period
Courtesy: Scott Rex/CMU Athletics
Infielder/outfielder Tom Lally (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle Institute/Prairie State College), right-handed pitcher Sean Renzi (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North HS) and left-handed pitcher Kenton SanMiguel (Wheeler, Mich./Breckenridge HS/Kellogg CC) will join the Chippewas for the 2012 season.
"We feel that this group fills our needs," Jaksa said. "We lost a couple of pitchers, so we were able to add a right-hander in Sean and a left-hander in Kenton who we really feel good about. And with Tom, we add a really good baseball player who will be a solid hitter in our lineup."
The trio joins five signees from the fall signing period: Randon Henika (Bay City, Mich./Jackson CC), Jordan Foley (The Colony, Texas/The Colony HS), Neal Jacobs (Avon, Ohio/Saint Ignatius HS), Matt Trowbridge (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic HS) and Joey Houlihan (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic HS).
CMU won its second straight Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2011, finishing 31-27 overall, 17-9 in the MAC.
Chicago, Ill./De La Salle Institute/Prairie State College
Two-year starter at Prairie State ... all-conference first team and all-region second team selection in 2011 ... hit .341 with five home runs, 47 runs batted in, 46 runs scored, 13 triples and 18 stolen bases in 2011 ... all-conference second team selection in 2010 after hitting .374 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs, 74 runs scored, 11 triples and 22 stolen bases ... earned All-Chicago Catholic League honors as a high school senior in 2009 after hitting .333 with 11 home runs and 35 runs batted in ... played summer ball for District 15 in 2008 and 2009 and the Crestwood Panthers in 2010 and 2011.
Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North HS
Helped lead team to a combined 59-10 record in 2010 and 2011 ... as a junior, posted a perfect 10-0 record with one save ... set school records for wins, ERA (0.96) and strikeouts (88 in 64 innings) ... at the plate, hit .413 and slugged .771 ... set school records for hits (50) and runs batted in (49) while also hitting eight home runs ... named Southwest Prairie Conference MVP and all-conference first team as a junior ... also earned all-region and all-state accolades in addition to being named team MVP in 2010 ... all-state special mention in 2011 ... finished 9-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings in 2011 ... participated in Perfect Game National Showcase at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., and the USSSA All-Star Japan tour ... played summer ball for Wiers Academy in 2008, Plainfield Hitmen in 2009 and Upper Deck Cougars in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Wheeler, Mich./Breckenridge HS/Kellogg CC
Earned all-region honors at Kellogg CC in 2011 ... posted a 6-4 record and 1.86 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 53 innings in 2011 ... all-state first team selection as a high school senior in 2010 ... also earned all-region and all-district accolades in 2010 ... named to Midland Daily News, Morning Sun and Saginaw News Dream Teams in 2010 ... posted a 12-2 record with a 0.69 ERA and 184 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched in 2010 ... also batted .411 ... added all-state second team honors as a junior ... three-time all-conference selection ... set a state record with 22 strikeouts in a seven-inning game in 2009 ... struck out all 22 hitters he faced in the 8-0 win, including one who advanced to first on a dropped third strike ... school record holder for career strikeouts (444) and single-season strikeouts (191) ... played summer ball for Midland Berryhill.