Poe pitches for Paris

By Barbara Boxleitner
Posted 2/11/20

Pitcher Zach Poe earned his first save of the season for Paris Junior College.

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Poe pitches for Paris


Pitcher Zach Poe earned his first save of the season for Paris Junior College.

The Madisonville High School graduate struck out three in two hitless, scoreless innings of relief to collect the save against Tyler Junior College in the opener.

The transfer from Sam Houston State University, where he was a redshirt freshman last year, allowed three hits and two earned runs in one and one-third innings of his next relief appearance. The right-hander struck out three but did not factor into the decision.

"He's been a big one for us already," said Paris head coach Clay Cox. "He pounds the zone. From his (arm) slot, it's tough to hit."

The coach said the 6-foot-2 Poe will serve as a setup guy or closer. Poe primarily throws the fastball and slider and mixes in a changeup, he said. His velocity is in the mid-80s. Cox described him as a “gamer”.

When not pitching, Poe plays first base. “He has saved us some runs," Cox said. “He has a good glove."

Poe's lone hit in eight at-bats was a double. He has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 15 chances.

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James O'Neal has transferred from Allen Community College to Angelina College, where the sophomore out of North Zulch High is a pitcher.


Maci Sanders hit leadoff and played second base for Grayson College in a doubleheader against Carl Albert State College to begin the season. The freshman out of Normangee High singled in two at-bats in the opener and singled in four at-bats in the second game. She stole a base in both victories and handled her five fielding chances.

Women's basketball

Mountain View College freshman LaTayvia Byrd had 20 points against the East Texas Baptist University junior varsity team. The Madisonville product had a team-high 11 rebounds and two steals.

Previously at Normangee, freshman Jazzmyn Jones had a season-high 17 points for Centenary College of Louisiana against Johnson and Wales University in Denver. She matched her season high of nine rebounds.

Lexie Leveston had seven rebounds for Langston University against Oklahoma City. The Madisonville graduate had three assists and two points.

Longwood University junior point guard Tra'dayja Smith had eight assists against Hampton. She played for Madisonville.

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