First the good. Sanders, who led the Conquistadors to an appearance in the state junior college tournament in Kissimmee in early May, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America second team. He is the first PHCC player to be named an All-American.
"To make such a national recognition is not easy," said PHCC head coach Steve Winterling. "There are a lot of quality players across the nation. It is really an honor for Frankie and the program."
Sanders was one of two Floridians named to the national squad. Pensacola Junior College outfielder Brandon Black is on the first team.
Sanders, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of baseball's amatuer draft two months ago, finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, a 1.01 ERA and 111 strikeouts. He was named to the Florida Community College Activities Association All-State first team and was second in the Suncoast Conference in total strikeouts.
Now for the bad. Sanders, who signed with Cleveland for a $60,000 bonus and joined its rookie league team in Burlington, N.C., did not do too well in his debut in the Appalachian League. He pitched 2 innings, gave up four runs on five hits, walked two and had one strikeout. His ERA is 13.5.
Meanwhile, PHCC's 1996 baseball team may have to juggle its infield lineup more than Winterling planned. Seminole High's Kurt Bultmann, who was penciled in at short for the Conquistadors, informed Winterling last Saturday that he plans to go to Clemson University.
"You hate to lose a player of that caliber," said Winterling, "but now we are at a point where our athletes are good enough that they can play at a variety of positions. Losing players like that is part of coaching; you just have to adjust."
Winterling said he would probably move rightfielder Eddy Diaz to shortstop.
Saint Leo baseball: The Saint Leo College baseball team is reloading for the 1995-96 season. On Wednesday, the Monarchs announced the signing of three high school players and two junior college transfers.
The freshmen are Dave Macca, the younger brother of departed All-American Chris Macca and a standout at Lakeland Santa Fe High; Thurman Hendrix of Fenwick High in Chicago, and Jason Douglas of Venice High. They join Timothy Justin Hill of Muscatine Junior College in Iowa and Travis Jenke of Indian Hills Junior College in Iowa.
Macca is a 6-foot, 175-pound RBI factory. In leading Santa Fe to the state championship this spring, he hit 402 with 45 RBI.
Hendrix, a 5-11, 160-pound second baseman, hit .511 with 14 doubles and 51 RBI. He was MVP of the Chicago Catholic League and a second-team all-state player.
Douglas is a 6-3 175-pound pitcher who hit .311 with 16 RBI and had 10 stolen bases this spring.
Hill was drafted by Seattle in 1994 and is expected to be in the starting rotation next season. Jenke, a 6-4, 218-pound right-hander, was red-shirted last year, but was 6-1 with 33 strikeouts in 32 innings in his freshman year.
The Saint Leo men's basketball team also added a player, signing Donovan Meyer of Ocala Forest High to a letter of intent.
Meyer, a 6-4 guard, attended Central Florida Community College the past two years, where he averaged seven points and four rebounds per game. He joins fellow CFCC teammate Bobby Robinson, who signed in April.