Claremore Daily Progress

October 26, 2012

NSU baseball adds 4 players for 2012-13 roster


TAHLEQUAH — The Northeastern State baseball team continues to introduce the newcomers to its 2012-13 roster. The latest installment includes two Texas natives, a player from Oklahoma and one from the Dominican Republic. This group of four also features an incoming freshman, two junior college transfers and one Division I transfer.

NSU baseball coach Travis Janssen is excited to introduce the following:

Zach Poehl          RHP            Bowie High School

Poehl comes to NSU from Austin, Texas. He graduated from Bowie High School and played for Coach Rudy Alvarez. Poehl fits the mold of a well-rounded student athlete that is vital for a program's success. At Bowie, Poehl garnered both Academic All-District and honorable mention All-District Honors.

"We first came across Zach this summer recruiting in Atlanta, Ga. He was playing for the Austin Action and his athleticism was apparent from the get-go," Janssen said. "The first game we saw, he was playing in the infield, and did a very nice job. Later in the summer, we saw him pitch and it became very apparent that we needed to get him up here to NSU. Zach has gotten off to a tremendous start this fall. He's having success on the field, and he seems to be a good 'team' guy, and by that I mean one that a lot of players really enjoy being around. In the short-term, Zach will help us on the mound. Down the road he may factor in in the infield, but our short-term plans are to try to put him in a position to succeed on the mound."

Kyle Shambaugh          LHP            Eastern Oklahoma Junior College

Kyle Shambaugh played for Coach Craig Price at Eastern. He graduated from Jay High School playing for Coach Mike Moore. He will be competing at NSU as a sophomore. In high school, Shambaugh received both all-conference (Verdigris Valley), as well as all-state honors. Shambaugh's older brother (Cale) competes for the NSU football team, and his father (Mike) played baseball for Oral Roberts University.

"When it became apparent that Kyle was coming to Tahlequah, Coach Price called me and said, 'you know, you are getting a good one,'...and he was right," Janssen said. "The first thing to mention about Kyle is his work ethic. His work ethic is off-the-charts, and it should be an example for his teammates. If the early fall is any indication, Kyle has a chance to be an impact guy for us on the mound. He competes, has good stuff, and works very hard. That is a pretty good combination."

Kyle Singleton          1B            Sam Houston State

Kyle Singleton is a junior first baseman transferring in from Sam Houston State from the Southland Conference. He graduated from Friendswood High School down in the greater Houston area. He is another RiverHawk that garnered numerous honors in high school.  These included being named all-state in both his junior and senior years. His senior year included the gaudy statistics of hitting .375 with 10 homers in a very competitive district. He also does a great job in the classroom. In the spring of 2012 he made the commissioners academic honor roll at Sam Houston State. As a freshman in college, Singleton started 27 games.

"With Kyle we get another guy that was heavily recruited out of high school and has played at the highest level collegiately. He is a guy that has the ability to make our ballpark seem awfully small," Janssen said. "He is a hard worker, good teammate and has really gotten off to a good start this fall. If he continues to work, he will have a chance to be a factor in the middle of the order as either a first baseman or a designated hitter.  As good a player as he is, he also is a class person that seems to stand for doing things the right way."

Manny Marmol          3B            Western Oklahoma Junior College

Manny Marmol hails from the Dominican Republic and came highly recommended from former Redman Matt Krews (former assistant coach at Western Oklahoma JC). Marmol has the potential to bring a powerful bat to the NSU lineup. He has won the NJCAA Division II home run derby the last two years, setting a record last year hitting with 10 home runs. Marmol's WOSC club has played in back-to-back World Series, which included winning the 2011 National Championship. He was coached at WOSC by Kurt Russell.

"Coach Krews first told me about Manny during the Junior College World Series in Enid.  He raved about what a tremendous kid Manny was on and off the field," Janssen said. "He talked about his infectious personality and talked about what a positive team guy he was. Coach Krews was dead on. Manny always shows up to the ballpark ready to go. He is so appreciative and so consistently happy. He has been a joy to coach thus far. On top of that, he will be a guy that has a chance to earn the opportunity to hit in the middle of the order. He does have power and is a pretty good defender at third base."