HLGU baseball recruits two new commitments for 2021

By Mike Thomas
Courier-Post Sports Editor
Posted: Jun. 5, 2020 3:51 pm Updated: Jun. 5, 2020 3:53 pm

HANNIBAL | The Hannibal-LaGrange University baseball team has signed two athletes for the upcoming 2021 season, with Seth Iken of Gillette, Wyoming and Daryl Vaughn II of Poplar Bluff signing with the Trojans.

Iken is the son of Pamela and Scott Iken, who credits his father for being influential in both his faith and athletic career. Iken was a multi-sport athlete and a member of the Campbell County High School Marching Band.

Last season, Iken hit .705 for the Gillette Phantoms of the Senior Babe Ruth League as a shortstop and right-handed pitcher. He plans on majoring in physical education at HLGU.

HLGU baseball coach Ben Strother said Iken was a phenomenal find for the team.

“He is an infielder who also holds potential on the mound,” Strother said, “The young man has good hands and a great mentality for the game. Further, he will fit right in with our team. He is quick to buy into our mission and we can't wait to get him on the field.”

Vaughn is a first baseman and outfielder who sites his older sister as being the most influential person in his life because she had overcome many obstacles and continues to have faith in herself and God.

Vaughn also played basketball and soccer for Poplar Bluff High School, and was a two-time letter winner. He was also involved in the National Honors Society, Star Graduate and Bluff Court Member. At HLGU, Vaughn plans to major in criminal justice.

Strother said Vaughn holds an incredible amount of potential.

“We see him as a player who will continue to get stronger and stronger in our program as an outfielder,” Strother said. “He swings the bat well and fills a need for us in the outfield. We are thrilled to have Daryl and expect good things from him in the future.”

The Trojans had a 1-5 conference record and a 7-12 overall record when the 2020 season was canceled in mid-March. During the 2019 season, HLGU was 6-24 in conference and 20-32 overall.

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