Two CBC players earn postseason national honors

In this file photo from May 10, Coastal Bend's Kyler Bumstead (right) celebrates on second base after recording a double for the Cougars in their win over Brookhaven in the District C tournament. Bumstead was awarded a Gold Glove Award by the ABCA in 2019, becoming the first Cougar to ever win the award.

BEEVILLE – Coastal Bend baseball players Kyler Bumstead and Trent Sholders both recently were announced as postseason national honorees for their exploits on the diamond during the Cougars’ historic 2019 campaign.

Bumstead became the first Cougar in program history to win a gold glove award, while Sholders became just third CBC baseball player to earn All-American status.

Bumstead, a 6-foot righty outfielder from Kountze, boasted a fielding percentage of 1.000 in 2019, which earned him the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Gold Glove Award, presented by the NJCAA Division III Baseball Committee.

In 58 games for the Cougars in 2019, the redshirt sophomore had 91 putouts and eight assists from his spot in the outfield.

He also helped the Cougar offense by hitting .280 while driving in 28 runs.

Bumstead will continue his education and playing career at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Sholders, a 6-foot-4 righty hurler from Angleton, was named to the NJCAA Division III All-American Third Team for the Cougars.

As the closer for CBC, Sholders recorded 14 saves, had an ERA of 2.21 and notched 27 strikeouts  in 20 1/3 innings of work, helping the Cougars win their first ever Region XIV championship.

He is third Cougar to win All-American honors, joining Marco Becerril (first team, 2018) and Jordan Gochenour (second team, 2018) on the list of CBC players to receive the national recognition.

Sholders will take his talents to Shreveport, Lousiana, where he will continue his education and pitching career at LSU-Shreveport.