Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern baseball coach Bryce Darnell has announced the addition of 17 newcomers to his 2012 recruiting class that will start play with the Lions beginning in the spring of 2013.
The list includes five four-year transfers, eight junior college transfers and four high school players. Below are brief bios of each newcomer.
Nick Doughty - Doughty (6-2/225) comes to Southern after a season at Northwestern State University. At NSU, Doughty played in 25 games, starting 15. As a junior last season, he hit .264 with three doubles a triple and was a perfect 3-3 on the basepaths. Prior to NSU, he was an All-Conference and All-Region selection at Neosho County Community College where he hit .395 his sophomore season. A native of Raytown, Mo., Doughty prepped at Raytown HS.
Josh Engler - Engler (6-4/185) comes to Southern after two years at Evangel University. As a freshman for the Crusaders, Engler pitched in 12 games, making six starts. Last year as a sophomore, Engler was second on the team with seven wins, going 7-4 with a 4.70 ERA, striking out 49, while walking just 19. He prepped at Mt. Vernon High School where he was an All-State selection.
Kanon Hoover - Hoover (5-10, 175) is the younger brother of former Lion Kellen Hoover. He comes to Southern after a season at Mid-American Nazarene University. He will be a sophomore at Southern. Last year, Hoover, a right handed pitcher, threw 32 innings and finished the season with a 2-2 record, three saves and a 4.78 ERA, while striking out 31 and walking just 17. A native of Eldorado Springs, Mo., Hoover went to Eldorado Springs High School where he was a three year starter on the baseball diamond, while starting all four years in basketball and three years in football.
Shaun Hoover - Hoover (6-2, 215) comes to Southern after a season at Northwestern State University. A teammate of incoming transfer Nick Doughty, Hoover is a native of Omaha, Neb. Last season at NSU, Hoover played in 25 games, starting 12. Prior to NSU, Hoover spent two seasons at Hutchinson Community College where he hit .323 with 12 home runs as a sophomore and .333 with five home runs as a freshman. A four-year letterwinner at Millard West High School in Omaha, he helped his team to state runner-up finishes in each of his junior and senior seasons.
Bryce Williams - Williams (6-1/200) comes to Southern after a season at Georgia College and State University. Last season at GCSU, Williams played in 50 games, starting 48. He hit .297 with a home run, 27 RBIs, 36 runs scored, five triples and seven doubles. Prior to GCSU, he played two seasons at Allen County Community College where he was an All-Conference selection. A native of Manhattan, Kan., Williams prepped at Mahattan High School.
Junior College Transfers
Ryan Bates - Bates (5-10/180) comes to Southern after two seasons at Mountain View Junior College in Texas. A right handed pitcher, Bates appeared in 12 games last season as a sophomore and had an ERA of 2.46, while striking out 46 and walking 27 in 66 innings pitched. A native of Killeen, Texas, Bates prepped at C.E. Ellison High School.
Kaleb Clark - Clark (6-3/215) comes to Southern after two seasons at Allen County Community College. A right handed pitcher, this past season Clark saw action in six games, throwing 12.2 innings and striking out 18. A native of Riverton, Kan., Clark went to Riverton High School where he was a four-time All-Conference selection, and was a 2008 All-State pick. He was drafted in the 40th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010.
Tyler Kjellsen - Kjellsen (6-3/185) is a right handed pitcher and comes to Southern after two seasons at Neosho County Community College. Last season at NCC, Kjellsen saw action in eight games, throwing 30 innings and finishing the season with a 3-1 record. He struck out 30 and walked just 12. A native of Broken Arrow, Okla., Kjellsen went to Broken Arrow High School.
Ryan Leonardo - Leonardo (6-0/190) is a third basemen that transfers to Southern after two seasons at Crowder College. A native of Omaha, Neb., Leonardo hit .293 last season with five doubles and eight RBIs. He played in 24 games and had three stolen bases, with 14 runs scored.
Drew Noble - Noble (6-5/210) is a right handed pitcher that comes to Southern after two seasons at Coffeyville Community College. Last season, Noble saw action in 11 games, throwing 70.1 innings and finishing the season with a 5-6 overall mark. He struck out 38 and walked just 16. As a freshman, Noble set a school record with 82.2 innings pitched and was an All-Conference pick. A native of Eudora, Kan., Noble went to Eudora High School.
Jon Riley - Riley (5-11/180) is a right handed pitcher that comes to Southern after two seasons at Labette Community College. Last season at LCC, Riley went 3-1 with a 4.80 ERA in 29 innings pitched. A native of Blue Eye, Mo., Riley attended Blue Eye High School where he was a three time All-Conference and All-District pick. He was also an Academic All-State selection.
Stephen Vaughn - Vaughn (6-0/195) is a right handed pitcher that comes to Southern after two years at East Georga College in Swainsboro, Ga. Last season at EGC, Vaughn saw action in 26 games, throwing 50.1 innings en route to a 5-1 record. He struck out 55, while walking just 26 and finished the season with a 3.22 ERA and six saves. He holds the school record for most career innings pitched, most career appearances, most appearances in a season and most saves in both a season and a career. A native of Guyton, Ga., Vaughn went to South Effingham High School.
Spenser Witt - Witt (5-9/160) is a left handed outfielder that comes to Southern after two seasons at Crowder College. Last season, he hit .309 with a .477 on base percentage. He had 15 RBIs, three doubles and 25 hits in 81 at bats, while scoring 31 runs. A native of Monett, and a graduate of Monett HS, Witt was an All-Conference selection in each of his junior and senior seasons.
High School Athletes
Tyler Ferguson - Ferguson (6-2, 210) comes to southern from Southwest High School in Washburn, Mo. An infield/outfield combo player, Ferguson was a four-year starter for his father at Southwest. He was a four-time All-Conference player, as well as being named All-District each year, as well. He was the Conference Player of the Year this past year and was a first-team All-State pick after hitting .500 with 14 doubles and five home runs.
Sean Goostree - Goostree (6-3/160) is a 2012 graduate of Wheaton High School where he was a four-year starter for coach Jason Webb on the baseball field, while starting all four years on the basketball court. He was a first-team All-Conference selection all four years on the baseball diamond, while earning All-Conference and All-District honors in basketball twice, as well as being named All-State this past year as a senior. He helped his team to two district championships in baseball and another one in basketball.
Jacob Lux - Lux (6-0/164) is a LHP/outfielder that comes to Southern from Wyandotte High School where he was a four-year starter for the Bears. Also a standout in both basketball and track and field, Lux was an All-Conference pitcher each of the four years he played, while being named All-State this past year and the Conference MVP, as well.
Nathan Skaggs - Skaggs (6-1/175) is a native of Carl Junction and comes to Southern after starting for three years on the baseball diamond and four years on the football field for the Bulldogs. Skaggs, the son of MSSU Director of Admissions, Derek Skaggs, was an All-Conference third baseman as a senior.
With the addition of the four student-athletes from the fall, this brings the 2012 baseball recruiting class to 21.