Gents Sign Four More to Play Baseball in 2008
Friday, July 13, 2007

The Centenary baseball team and head coach Ed McCann have announced the signing of pitcher/infielder Derek Dalzell (Bay City, Mich.), outfielders Jared Dysart (Bossier City, La.), Steele Lewis (Kingsville, Ontario, Canada) and Raberto Tabor (Kalamazoo, Mich.) to a National Letter of Intent. Dalzell, Dysart, Lewis and Tabor are eligible to play for the Gents in 2008, and become the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th to sign with the Gents in the off-season.

Dalzell was named first team all-conference, second team Dream Team by the Bay City Times and all-league by the Saginaw News after concluding his prep career at Central High School. Dalzell also lettered in football as a quarterback and helped lead his team to the state playoffs after finishing the regular season with one loss.

“Dalzell is a good student-athlete, he had great success at the high school level,” said associate head coach Mike Diaz. “On the playing field he was a starting pitcher and shortstop, along with being the starting quarterback, so he has played positions where he needed to be a leader.”

During the 2007 season Dysart played in 49 games, and was outstanding at the plate, finishing the year with a .373 average, 20 RBIs and 10 doubles. Last season Dysart also had six three-hit games and one four-hit contest, along with leading his team to the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

“Dysart came from a great program, and he is also a local kid who wanted to play at Centenary College,” Diaz stated. “We want him to contribute right away, and we think Jared can continue the success he had at BPCC.”

Lewis played in 41 games in his final season at Kellogg Community College and hit a team-high .437. Lewis also led the team with 51 RBIs and five triples, while finishing second with eight doubles and five home runs in 2007. Lewis was also honored for his work in the classroom as he was named Scholar Athlete at KCC.

Tabor played his only season for Kellogg Community College in 2006, stealing 20 bases and plated 31 runs in 2006. He was also named all-conference, and as a leadoff hitter he batted .355 with three triples.

“Both kids from Kellogg have proven themselves to be able to play a high level of collegiate baseball. They both have been successful and we feel that they can play right away and be a part of the offense at Centenary,” Diaz said.

The Gents finished the 2007 season 28-31 and 9-11 in the Summit League along with being runner up in the conference tournament.