The University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball program has three new additions for the 2012 season as Zach Batts, Jason Fiebl, Tanner Sexton, and Zach McRoberts have all signed to play for the Patriots.
Zach is an outfielder from Gibbs High School in Tennessee where he helped lead his team to a State Championship in 2010. During his career he was named All District, All District Tournament and All Region. As a senior, Batts had a .374 batting avg, 41 runs, 44 RBI, 22 SB, and an OBP of .460 on his way to the teams Offensive Player of the Year Award. In 2011 Gibbs and his team won the District, Region, and Sub-State Championships.
Patriots head baseball coach Brad Shelton commented, “Zach played at a great high school program in the Knoxville area. He is a speedy oufielder with good offensive skills. He has the potential to be a very good player for us.”
Jason adds more talent to the team as an infielder from Lafayette High School in Lexington, KY where he helped lead his team to a 22-10 record and a #1 state ranking according to MaxPreps and a #2 ranking in the coaches poll. As the Generals starting third baseman, he led the team in doubles (9) while hitting .310 with 2 homeruns and 15 RBI. Jason had a team leading on base percentage of .455. This summer, he played shortstop for the Lexington American Legion team that made it to the American Legion State Championship game.
Shelton noted, “Jason is a talented infielder who can play second, shortstop or third base. He has played in a very strong district in Lexington and has been well coached at Lafayette. He has a big upside and a bright future in our program.
Tanner is a middle infielder/pitcher from Letcher County Central High School in Whitesburg, KY. Tanner was a five year varsity starter. During his time at LCC, he set career records in games played, games started, singles, doubles, RBI, runs scored, hits, at-bats, plate appearances, batting average, extra base hits, total bases, multi-hit games, assists, and saves. He also set season records in hits (57)-twice, batting average, on-base average, doubles, RBI, assists, total bases, extra base hits, multi-hit games, and slugging percentage. During his senior season he led his team to the Regional Championship and a trip to the Sweet 16. He was named 14th Region Player of the Year, 2nd Team All State, and Kentucky East All Star.
When asked about the addition of Sexton, Head Coach Shelton said, “Tanner had an unbelievable high school career. He has some strength in his swing and the ability to play three infield positions.”
Zach is a catcher from Fleming County High School in Flemingsburg, KY. A four year varsity starter, he earned All Area, All Region, and All District in his career as well as District MVP. He was also named Academic All State.
“Zack is a very good all-around catcher. He receives well and has a very strong arm. He has a smooth swing and has some pop in his bat. He is a very good athlete and I am looking forward to getting him on campus.”