By MIKE MONTFORT —
One sophomore and a former Bulldog were selected Wednesday on the final day of the MLB Draft.
Fairfield outfielder Caleb Scires was chosen in the 17th round with the 505th overall pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Scires, a 6-foot, 190-pound lefthanded batter, had a slash line of .241/.402/.414/.816 in 45 games for coach Matt Podjenski during his freshman season at Navarro as the Bulldogs reached the Region XIV Tournament Championship final.
Scires (4-23-6/9) had 14 extra-base hits and 11 two-out RBI. He was 5-for-15 in Navarro’s first four post-season games and also hit .320 during 20 non-conference games.
Last year as a high school senior, Scires was drafted in the 39th round by the Miami Marlins.
Moments after Scires was chosen, former Bulldog and Corsicana High school righthander Heath Donica was selected in Round 21 with the 621st pick by the Oakland Athletics. The Sam Houston State University senior was drafted after he had been named a Perfect Game/Rawlings College Third-Team All-American Wednesday morning.
Donica, The Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, led coach Matt Deggs’ Bearkats to an NCAA Division I Super Regional before falling to the No. 3 ranked Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla. In two seasons for SHSU, Donica compiled a 19-7 record and a 2.98 earned-run average.
Donica was particularly dominant in 2017, striking out 109 batters — the most in Division I program lore and the second-most in team history. His 205 career total ranks fourth by a Bearkat.
“It was wild,” Donica said upon finding out he got drafted. “I was keeping up with it, but not much. I actually stopped watching for a little bit. I was hanging out with my girlfriend. All of a sudden, my phone started blowing up. I wasn’t really expecting it. All of a sudden, I get a call, saying welcome to Oakland.”
“I feel humbled right now. I don’t know how else to put it,” he continued. “There have been so many people that have had an impact. So much has gone into this. It’s so much more than what I’ve done. There have been so many people who have influenced my life. This is for all of them, too, not just me. I wouldn’t even be close to being here without Coach Deggs and Coach Sirianni. My family has sacrificed from the time I was five years old. I had a dream and they supported me 100 percent. I couldn’t have done it without them and my girlfriend. My experience at Sam Houston wouldn’t have been what it was without her.”