Seminole State College Trojans ranked 17th in men’s baseball in the nation
By Pat Payton
A superb week in Florida over March break has certainly paid dividends for Jake Douglas.
The St. Marys native attended a week-long baseball camp with the U-18 Ontario Nationals, and was named Spring Training MVP. The camp, held north of Orlando in Sanford, was sponsored by PBR Ontario (Prep Baseball Report) which ranks and promotes young ball players. About 10 teams attended the camp.
Douglas’s impressive camp, where he went 8-for-15 at the plate with a home run, triple and four doubles, got him on the ‘baseball radar’ with schools south of the border. And last week, Seminole State College in Oklahoma came calling with an offer which Douglas has accepted. The first baseman/catcher/outfielder, who recently turned 19, will begin a two-year scholarship at the Division 1 Junior College in mid-August.
Douglas, who is 5 ft., 11 inches and 180 lbs., admits that the memorable March week in Florida was a turning point in his young baseball career.
“The (Seminole) coach called me up a couple of weeks after we were in Florida, and we’ve been in touch since then,” Douglas explained. “A few days ago, he said he had talked to (school) admissions and that everything was good. I still have to sign up for classes and sign the paper work.
“It’s pretty exciting. It’s a dream come true and one step closer (to playing pro ball),” he added.
In men’s baseball, the Trojans are currently ranked 17th in the nation. They recently improved their record to 37-12 for the 2018-19 season. After winning their conference, Seminole is competing at the Regionals this week in Woodward, Oklahoma. After that is the District tournament, with a berth in the U.S. College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado on the line.
“They normally have a few players drafted (by Major League teams) each year,” Douglas noted. He has been told he will primarily play first base and in the outfield for the Trojans next season.
Fourth season in Nationals’ program
This summer, Douglas is playing his second season with the U-18 Nationals. The Nats were scheduled to kick off their Canadian Premier Baseball League (CPBL) season earlier this month. The CPBL is widely regarded as one of the best high school-aged leagues in the country.
It’s Douglas’s fourth summer in the Nationals’ baseball program. There are about 30 games in a CPBL regular schedule, but spring training and tournament games turn it into approximately a 60-game season. From May to July, the U-18 Nationals play doubleheaders every weekend at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Cement field.
–A U.S. college men’s baseball schedule begins in the fall and finishes up in the spring.
–Seminole is a town (population 7,267), about 90 minutes from Oklahoma City.
–Jake Douglas will study criminology or criminal justice at Seminole State College. He hopes it could lead to a career with the RCMP.
–While attending high school, Douglas played for the DCVI Salukis baseball team.
–Jake is the son of Dan and Wanda Douglas, of St. Marys.