Poe heads to Tarleton

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 6/16/20

Madisonville High School graduate Zach Poe will continue his baseball career at Tarleton State University.

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Poe heads to Tarleton

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Madisonville High School graduate Zach Poe will continue his baseball career at Tarleton State University.

Poe competed for Paris Junior College during the spring. The redshirt freshman reliever led the team’s pitchers with 10 appearances and finished with a 1-1 record and 2.70 earned run average. He also tied for the team lead in saves with three.

Tarleton State head baseball coach Aaron Meade said his staff learned of the 6-foot-2 right-hander from social media posts and contacted Paris head baseball coach Clay Cox.

Meade maintained contact with Poe via the phone, though he said Poe was not able to make an official visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He drops his arm angle down a little bit,” said Meade. “It is a little different for us. It can be a different look for opposing hitters. With us going to Division I, we thought that was a good fit."

Meade also said Poe throws the fastball, changeup and breaking ball.

"He's got a really good feel for the breaking ball," the coach said.

In addition to pitching, Poe also played first base for Paris and hit .238 in 14 games with one run batted in. He had a perfect fielding percentage in 47 chances and helped complete three double plays.

Meade said Poe will be a pitcher only for Tarleton State.

Men's basketball

Normangee High graduate Joseph Jones played in four games for Santeros de Aguada in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional professional league in Puerto Rico before play stopped in March. The 34-year-old had season highs of 17 points and eight rebounds during a win over Atleticos de San German. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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