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Baseball Tryouts

Richland College Baseball Tryout Tuesday July 14, 2015.

** Must bring a current physical examination form to be able to tryout – no exceptions! **

Open to
: All athletes interested in becoming a member of the 2015-16 Richland College Baseball Program. Richland College is a NJCAA DIII member.

Registration: Pitchers and Catchers tryouts will start at 9am.
Outfielders and Infielders tryouts will start at 2pm.
*** Please plan on arriving at least thirty minutes early to fill out all the necessary paperwork! ***

What to Bring: Water, baseball equipment, physical form, and anything else you feel necessary for the tryouts.

Please do not be late!playball


Baseball team drops two of three games over weekend; back in action on Monday, April 18

After losing two of three games in an important series against Brookhaven College, the Richland College baseball team will look to get back on a winning track at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 18 when the T-Ducks host Navarro College.

Entering the T-Ducks’ series against Brookhaven, Richland College was one game out of the playoffs and, according to coach Guy Simmons, “needed to play better than Cedar Valley College does for the rest of the way.

“We need to win at least four of six,” Simmons continued prior to his team’s weekend games. “With nine games to go we must win two more than Cedar Valley does the rest of the way.”

The T-Ducks (15-23) opened the series with a 7-4 win before dropping the final two games, 9-1 and 4-2.

Richland College’s next Metro Athletic Conference opponent is Mountain View College. The final home series of the season for the T-Ducks open with a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 21 before concluding with a double header beginning at noon on Saturday, April 22.

In the teams’ previous meeting, the T-Ducks won two of three games.


Baseball team looks to turn corner with scheduled seven-game homestand

 The Richland College baseball team will look to turn the corner in what has been an up-and-down season when the T-Ducks open a seven-game homestand on Friday, April 15 against Brookhaven in a key Metro Athletic Conference three game series.

Richland College and Brookhaven’s series begins with Friday’s game at 2 p.m. followed by a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday, April 16.

The T-Ducks, who enter this homestand with a 14-21 overall record and 8-13 conference mark, takes a break from conference play to host Navarro College at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 18.          Richland College closes out its homestand against Mountain View College in a three-game series beginning with a single game at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and a double header starting at noon on Saturday, April 23.  

Entering this homestand, the T-Ducks’ Rayn Salter, of Oak Point, Texas, ranks No. 3 among NJCAA Division III players in steals with 26 while John Gebhard, of Dallas, ranks No. 22 in RBIs with 25. Richland College also ranks No. 14 as a team in fielding percentage at .942.


T-Ducks on longest road trip of the season; Gebhard ranks No. 18 in hitting

As the Richland College baseball team began its longest road trip of the season on Monday March 21 against Navarro, the T-Ducks were looking to overcome their toughest stretch of the season.

Entering Monday’s game, the T-Ducks had a 10-16 record and had lost four games in a row, including being swept at home over the weekend by Eastfield College.

Leading the T-Ducks this season is John Gebhard, of Dallas, who ranks No. 18 in the country among NJCAA Division III hitters with a .405 batting average and No. 5 in RBIs with 20.

Up next for Richland is a double header at Texas Wesleyan on Thursday, March 24 and a three-game series against Cedar Valley College beginning on Friday, April 1 and concluding on Saturday, April 2.  The T-Ducks’ next home game is at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4 against Texas Wesleyan.


Baseball team scores 44 runs over eight games

After going through a rough 1-6 stretch from Feb. 19 to March 5, the Richland College baseball team has responded by winning five of its next eight games going into this weekend’s three-game series at home against Metro Athletic Conference foe Eastfield College.

During these five victories, the T-Ducks have scored 44 runs. On the season, Richland College has a 10-13 overall record.

The T-Ducks open this weekend’s series with a 2 p.m. game on Friday, March 18 before playing a double header beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.


Guy Simmons pleased with baseball team's start to season

The Richland College baseball team opened Metro Athletic Conference play winning its three-game home series against Cedar Valley College over the weekend.

The T-Ducks opened the series with an 8-3 victory on Friday before splitting its games on Saturday, winning the opener 7-2 before losing, 6-5, in the series finale.

And although the season is still young, Richland College (5-4) baseball coach Guy Simmons is excited about his team’s start but admits that there is still a lot of season left.

“We are talented but we need a lot of practice time,” Simmons said before the Cedar Valley College series. “We are not where we should be but that understandable since we are very new together. It takes time. Baseball is not a sprint it’s a marathon. We have a long way to go.” 

As for T-Duck players who have started the season on a hot streak, “Right now the best hitter we have is John Gebhard,” Simmons expressed. “The best Pitcher is Myles Duvall and David Hays, Joey Robertson and Brett Hauser have been doing a good job.”

Richland College plays at home again at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 in the first game of a three-game series against North Lake College that concludes with a double header starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. 

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Baseball team opens season with a 3-2 record

Richland College’s baseball team has opened its 2011 season having won three of its first five games. After splitting two games against Murray State College to open season, the T-Ducks got the best of Frank Phillips College in a three game series.

Against Frank Phillips College, the T-Ducks lost the series opener, 5-3, before winning the final two games, 8-7 and 12-3.

The T-Ducks are scheduled to play a single game against Murray State College on Wednesday, Feb. 16 before hosting Cedar Valley College in a three game series. Richland and Cedar Valley College will play one game at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 before hosting a double header beginning at 11 a.m.


Guy Simmons ready to continue baseball team's rich tradition as its new coach

For the first time in more than a decade, the Richland College baseball team will begin a season with a new baseball coach at the helm after long-time coach Joe Wharton retired with four national championships and more than 500 wins. Coach Simmons said he is excited about having the opportunity to join an athletic program that expects excellence.

“I want to come in and continue the tradition and build upon it,” said Simmons. My goal is to bring in outstanding student athletes who want to be a part of the best (NJCAA) DIII baseball program in the country.”

Before joining Richland College, Simmons coached at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, where in 2003 he led a baseball program that didn’t have a winning record in years, to the best record in the schools history at 31-20. During his tenure at Frank Phillips, Simmons had two 30-plus win seasons but despite his previous success, Simmons understands that there is a different mindset at Richland College.

“Here, everyone wants you to succeed and because of the tradition, the student athlete will expect to succeed also,” Simmons explains. “There is a pride that comes with being a ThunderDuck. You see it and feel it every day. I am extremely proud to now be able to say I am a part of that.”

As for what his players and Richland College can expect to get from Simmons as the new coach, he says they can expect him to work hard, put the best possible team on the field and develop his players to be the best students possible.

“My goal for each of them is to earn an associate’s degree as well as continue their baseball careers,” Simmons concluded. “When a player leaves Richland College, I want him to be prepared for the university, be a well-rounded athlete ready to compete at the highest level and be a person who understands that giving back is important.”

The T-Ducks open the regular season with a double header at home, Sat. Feb. 5 at 2 p.m against Eastern Oklahoma.


Richland College honors Wharton for reaching 500 wins

Reaching five hundred wins in any sport is an astonishing feat, even greater when they’re all one with team.  In April, Richland College baseball coach Joe Wharton surpassed that number by finishing this season with 508-266 record.  Richland College held a reception for in Wharton’s honor, to celebrate his achievements during his 13-season tenure as T-Ducks coach. Under his leadership, the T-Ducks have won four National Junior College Athletic Association, (NJCAA), World Series Championship titles and has helped more than 15 players reach the professional ranks.

“Getting my 500th victory is pretty special because it just confirms that all the hard work I have put in over the last [13] years has paid off,” Wharton said after reaching the 500 mark. “I am not into personal awards, but in baseball, if you win 500 games then it means you have achieved something special. When you have four national championships in the past eight years and eight World Series appearances, it’s pretty neat too.”

Aside from his team’s four national championships, Wharton has been named NJCAA National Coach of the Year four times, his teams have qualified for the playoffs every year and he has coached more than 100 players who have moved on to the play at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level.

“It’s my job to recruit players to Richland, where we do not offer athletic scholarships.  Once they’re here it’s my job to get them prepared on and off the field,” Wharton said.  “The players deserve all the credit because they still have to get out on the field and perform and get the job done. So the players have made me look good.”  Wharton is also proud of the fact that the Richland baseball program has helped more than one-hundred players move on to four-year universities totaling between seven-hundred fifty-thousand and one million dollars in athletic and academic aid in the past 10 years.

Before coming to Richland, Wharton, a Dallas native played baseball for Baylor University. There he was selected to be on the all Southwest Conference First Team and was named team MVP before being selected by the New York Yankees in the eighteenth round of the 1993 draft.