Murray State College baseball standout Connor Counce has been named as a National Junior College Athletic Association second-team All-American. Counce was selected by the NJCAA Divison II committee. He was previously named to the first team All-Region (Region 2), and the All-District (Plains District) teams.
Counce had a big season for the Aggies offensively. On the season he hit .388, with a .776 slugging percentage. He was 15 for 19 in stolen bases, and scored 50 runs. Counce had a total of 64 hits, with 11 doubles, a triple and 17 homeruns. Counce is the sixth All-American for MSC Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree in his four years at the College.
“Connor had an amazing season at the plate setting what we think is the school record for homeruns in a season,” says MSC Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree. “By the end of the season he was one of the most feared hitters in the country. We are extremely proud of Connor and his honor. He represented Murray State College in a first class manor on and off the field.”
Counce, the son of Brett and Stacey Counce, was a standout athlete at Denison High School. As a Yellow Jacket he received several honors including being named to the All-District team three times, and the All-Area team twice. He was named the 202 District 13 4A Offensive MVP and was selected for the 2012 All-Star team by the North Texas High School Coaches Association. Counce excelled also excelled at football and powerlifting, leading him to be chosen as the 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Denison High School Athlete of the Year.
Counce came to Murray State College by way of Northeastern Oklahoma A & M where he played his freshman year. He graduated from MSC with honors in May. Now he heads to Southeastern Oklahoma State University to play for the Savage Storm.
“He needs to work on his defense for the next level, but offensively he’ll be fine,” says Crabtree. “He’ll step in and hit somewhere in the middle of Southeastern’s lineup I would guess. I think he’ll either be the DH or play at first. He’s come a long way. He only had 10 at-bats in his freshman year at NEO, and he comes here and hits 17 homeruns. That’s not bad.”