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Hernandez Named All-American

Lincoln Trail College infielder Raul Hernandez was named a second team All-American by the NJCAA.

Hernandez led the Statesmen with a .411 batting average, 17 home runs, 73 RBI and a .767 slugging percentage.

“I’m incredibly proud of him,” said LTC Baseball Coach Kevin Bowers. “He spent two years here and his numbers both years warrant this award. The big knock on him his freshman year was he struck out too much. This year he cut down his strikeouts by almost 40 percent and it showed in increased power numbers, increased RBIs, and an increased batting average.”

Hernandez will continue his collegiate career at Jackson State University. Bowers says Jackson State plays a number of SEC schools, which will give Hernandez a chance to showcase his skills against more high-quality players. He believes that there will be a day where people will see Hernandez in Major League Baseball.

“I’ve been blessed to coach some very, very good hitters and he’ll go down as arguably one of the top two or three. He has consistent contact, power to all fields, the ability to put the ball on the deck to move a runner, the ability to drive a ball in the air to score a runner. Whatever the situation dictated, for two years, he got the job done off of some of the best arms this league has seen in a while. I’m pretty confident in his abilities and where he’s going to end up. I would not be shocked to see him in the Big Leagues someday.”

The All-American honor was one of several postseason awards Hernandez earned after his sophomore season at LTC. He was an All-District, All-Region, and All-Conference selection. The Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 both named him as their Player of the Year.

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