UHV baseball falls to Wharton County JC, 2-1
The Glenn Sparkman who arrived at Wharton County Junior College from Ganado bears little resemblance to the pitcher who took the mound a cold, windy Wednesday at Riverside Stadium.
Sparkman was "a little short and stubby" when he redshirted as a freshman.
But Sparkman, who is now a sophomore, stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds and pitched a perfect inning against UHV, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
"It was just work out and run," Sparkman said. "I just focused on baseball and put everything into it. Really putting a lot of time into my bands and weighted balls just so I can gain a few miles per hour here and there, and it's paying off."
Sparkman's pitches have been clocked in the low 90s this season, and he has already signed a letter of intent with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
But he's hoping to attract the attention of major league scouts.
"My goal is to get drafted in the top 10 rounds," he said. "You never know how it's going to work. I just keep striving higher and trying to get there."
Wharton County captured a 2-1 win over the Jaguars and improved to 18-22 on the season. The Pioneers outhit the Jaguars 6-5.
Wharton County used seven pitchers, including Bay City graduate Kevin Landgrebe, who started and went two innings.
Under National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rules, the game does not count in the standings for UHV.
The Jaguars sent 10 pitchers to the mound, and coach Terry Puhl substituted frequently.