Kats walk off to secure series victory

Sam Houston State senior Jordan Cannon is congratulated by head coach Matt Deggs after blasting a solo home run during a victory over Lamar earlier this year.

After wrapping up a four-year stint at Sam Houston State, Jordan Cannon is set to embark on his professional baseball career.

Cannon, a senior catcher out of Centerville, was selected 288th overall by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday during the 10th round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft.

"It's been a childhood dream forever," Cannon said. "Seeing it come true, I'm at a loss for words."

While many prospects spend the draft glued to their computer screens and television sets awaiting their selection, Cannon had a much different experience. 

"Me and my fiancé had gone to pick out a wedding venue, and we were just coming home to figure out dinner when I got a call from them," he said. "It happened so quick, I blacked out a little bit.

Cannon was named to the All-Southland Conference second team in 2019 after batting .372 with four home runs, 37 RBIs and 38 runs scored. He led the Bearkats in both batting average and on-base percentage this year.

"Those guys down in Huntsville really helped develop me as a man and a ballplayer," Cannon said. "I owe nearly all of it to them. They're the reason I'm here. They gave me an opportunity, and now I'm getting another opportunity. I can't thank those guys enough."