Dec. 1, 2009
Lamar adds two JC players to fall baseball recruiting class
BEAUMONT, Texas - Lamar University has completed its fall baseball recruiting class with the additions of junior college players Damon Loewen of Clarendon College and Shane Hamaker of Alvin Community College.
Loewen is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder from Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Hamaker is a 6-5, 225-pound right-handed pitcher from Pasadena Memorial High School.
Loewen posted a sizzling .404 batting average last spring in his freshman season at Clarendon. He slugged 14 home runs and drove in 58 runs in earning all-conference recognition and being selected to play in the 2009 Texas/New Mexico All-Star Game in Waco.
"Damon can do it all," said Lamar coach Jim Gilligan. He can hit; he can run, and he can hit with power. He's a guy who has all of the tools.
"There's a lot of untapped talent up there in Canada. We've had a lot of good luck with Canadian-born players in recent years, so I'm glad we're able to keep our pipeline going up there with the signing of Damon."
Catcher Jeff Vickers, who completed his eligibility in 2008, and infielder Jeremiah Sammy, who was a senior on last season's team , are recent Cardinals who hailed from Canada. Vickers was from Nanaimo, British Columbia, and Sammy was from Markham, Ontario.
"We'll be losing Quentin Luquette and Anthony Moore from our outfield crew after this next season, so we'll be needing another guy or two who can step right in and play out there," said Gilligan. "We're confident Damon has the ability to do exactly that."
As a senior at Pasadena Memorial in 2008, Hamaker made all-district in both baseball and basketball, and he was selected to the All-Greater Houston team in baseball.
"Shane is a big, 6-5 guy who had his velocity up to 95 (m.p.h.) on the (radar) gun last spring," said Gilligan. "I don't want to call him a project, but he's a guy who can certainly improve and help us.
"He has a chance to be a really good pitcher for us. I feel from the potential standpoint, we're getting a real sleeper in him."
The Cardinals' earlier fall signees were pitcher Trae' Hester of Vidor and pitcher/third baseman Kane Benoit of Port Neches-Groves.