Formr Trojans standout Reese named to SSAC Gold Glove teamPublished 10:46am Monday, May 5, 2014
One of Central Alabama’s catalysts during the Trojans’ run to the national title has been recognized as one of his conference’s premier defensive wizards.
Darius Reese, an outfielder for the Southern Polytechnic State University Hornets, was selected to the Southern States Athletic Conference’s Gold Glove team, which honors the best defenders in the conference.
One of five Hornets honored by the SSAC, the 5-foot-6, 160-pound outfielder out of Alexander City splits time in right field and center field for Southern Poly.
“It’s an honor to win an accolade like this,” Reese said. “Defense is something that I really take pride in.”
His play reflects that, as he has been statistically perfect for the Hornets. Reese has not committed an error in 96 chances, including six assists from the outfield.
In addition to his defensive exploits, Reese has turned into one of the more effective run scorers for the Hornets.
Reese has been hit by pitches a team-high 19 times and on the season hits at a .318 clip with 33 runs scored, 29 RBIs, a .408 on-base percentage and 16 stolen bases in 18 tries.
In the SSAC, he ranks No. 10 in triples with three.
The dynamic outfielder, who was named MVP of the JUCO World Series in his last season in blue and gold, said that his approach to defense is all about desire and situational awareness.
With those two qualities, he added, he’s able to excel in that area of his game.
“The mind set I have is that I think about the situation that we are in to make sure I know where I need to go when the ball is hit my way,” Reese said. “It’s all about being ready and wanting to make the play.”