Skinner, Tyler Smith named to Preseason All-Southland Conference Team

NATCHITOCHES – Tyler Smith found himself right where he was a year ago only this time he has some familiar company. 

For the second straight season, Smith was named to the Preseason All-Southland Conference Baseball Team, but this time, he is not the only Demon on the squad, which was announced Wednesday morning by the conference office. 

Fellow fifth-year senior Marshall Skinner also earned preseason honors as both Demons find themselves part of the second team – Smith in the outfield and Skinner behind the plate. 

A Covington High School product, Smith enters his senior season one home run shy of moving into the career top 10 and stands in striking distance of top-10 career marks in RBIs, hit by pitches and games played. His seven career triples stand 10th in school history.  

During the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Smith homered twice in 11 games and led the Demons in slugging percentage .514. Smith was the lone Demon named to the 2020 Preseason All-Southland second team after finishing the 2019 season as a third-team all-conference selection. 

Skinner earned his first career Southland honor after hitting .333 with a home run and 13 RBIs while starting all 16 games in 2020. 

A Blinn College product, Skinner hit safely in nine straight games to open the 2020 season and finished with six multi-hit games. His home run came on opening night, breaking a scoreless tie in what became an 11-0 Northwestern State win against Wichita State. 

The Demons open their 2021 season on Feb. 19 at Southern Miss, starting a three-game series against the Golden Eagles at Pete Taylor Park.  

2021 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams 

First Team 

Name 

School 

Pos. 

Class 

Hometown 

Ryan Flores* 

UIW 

1B 

Sr. 

Corpus Christi, Texas 

Nate Fisbeck* 

McNeese 

2B 

Sr. 

The Woodlands, Texas 

Beau Orlando* 

Central Arkansas 

3B 

Sr. 

Houston, Texas 

Reid Bourque* 

McNeese 

SS 

Jr. 

Moss Bluff, La. 

Gavin Johnson* 

Sam Houston 

C 

R-Sr. 

San Antonio, Texas 

Clayton Rasbeary* 

McNeese 

DH 

Sr. 

Rockwall, Texas 

Brandon Bena* 

Houston Baptist 

OF 

Sr. 

Omaha, Neb. 

Colton Cowser* 

Sam Houston 

OF 

So. 

Cypress, Texas 

Jack Rogers* 

Sam Houston 

OF 

Jr. 

Spring, Texas 

Will Dion* 

McNeese 

SP 

So. 

Sulphur, La. 

John Gaddis* 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 

SP 

Jr. 

Corpus Christi, Texas 

Trey Shaffer 

Southeastern Louisiana 

SP 

Jr. 

Biloxi, Miss. 

Conner Williams* 

Central Arkansas 

RP 

Sr. 

Conway, Ark. 

Itchy Burts* 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 

U 

Sr. 

League City, Texas 

Second Team 

Name 

School 

Pos. 

Class 

Hometown 

Preston Faulkner* 

Southeastern Louisiana 

1B 

Jr. 

Denham Springs, La. 

Salo Iza 

New Orleans 

2B 

Sr. 

Key Biscayne, Fla. 

Anthony Quirion* 

Lamar 

3B 

Sr. 

Dixville, Quebec, Canada 

Grant Smith 

UIW 

SS 

So. 

Albuquerque, N.M. 

Marshall Skinner 

Northwestern State 

C 

Sr. 

Cypress, Texas 

Lee Thomas* 

UIW 

DH 

Gr. 

Katy, Texas 

Payton Harden 

McNeese 

OF 

R-So. 

Atascocita, Texas 

Tyler Smith* 

Northwestern State 

OF 

Sr. 

Franklinton, La. 

Luther Woullard 

New Orleans 

* – Member of 2019 All-Southland Conference teams