Greg Appleton has been head baseball coach at Columbus State for 22 years and his 772 victories are the most in Cougar history.

Columbus State University head baseball coach Greg Appleton has announced the signing of 10 high school and junior college players as part of the team’s 2019 signing class.

The newest Cougars include four standouts from local high school programs. The newcomers signed during the fall signing period and will join CSU for the 2019-20 academic year. They will become part of a team that finished 48-15 and made it all the way to the NCAA Division II national championships last spring.

“We are very pleased with our fall signing class,” Appleton said. “We believe we have a group of talented players that should have the opportunity to contribute immediately.”

Appleton is the winningest coach in the history of the CSU baseball program with a record of 772-410 in 22 seasons at the helm. He guided the Cougars to a national title in 2002 and to second place finishes in 2007 and 2018.

Here are the 10 newest members of the Cougar baseball team:

Isaac Bouton – INF – Fellowship Christian School
  • Three-time All-Region selection
  • Led the team with a .417 batting average in 2018
  • Totaled 26 extra-base hits with a .648 slugging percentage
 Spencer Chandler – OF – Northside High School
  • Plays for former CSU player Dee Miller
  • All-Region and All-Bi-City selection
  • Hit .447 with nine extra-base hits and 21 RBIs in 2018
 Mason Davis – INF – Central High School
  • Plays for head coach AJ Kehoe
  • Posted a .360 batting average and .455 on-base percentage in 2018
  • Earned Defensive Player of the Year honors
 Bryson Horne – INF – Georgia Highlands College
  • Plays for former CSU player Dash O’Neill
  • Hit .313 with 13 doubles and a team-high 46 runs scored in 2018
  • Drew 39 walks and had a .446 on-base percentage
 Colton Joyner – RHP – Northside High School
  • Plays for former CSU player Dee Miller
  • Posted a 9-1 record with a 2.09 ERA in 2018
  • Recorded 71 strikeouts in 67 innings
David Meadows – INF/OF – South Georgia State College
  • Entering first season at South Georgia State
  • Part of 2018 National Championship team at Chipola Junior College
  • Hit .274 with 19 runs scored in 2018
 Dalton Thomas – INF/RHP – Ola High School
  • First Team All-County selection
  • Hit .431 with 25 RBIs, while also posting a 2.27 ERA on the mound in 2018
  • Represented Team Georgia in the 2018 Sunbelt Classic
Timbo Trawick – RHP – Columbus High School
  • Son of CSU Hall of Fame baseball player Tim Trawick
  • Plays for former CSU player Chad Mathis
  • Went 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA in 2018
  • Allowed just 12 hits with 40 strikeouts in 27.2 innings
Nick Watson-Garcia – RHP – Heritage High School
  • Went 7-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 2018
  • Struck out 45 hitters in 52 innings
  • Helped team to a Sweet 16 appearance in 6A playoffs
Noah Windhorst – RHP – Pike County High School
  • Region 4-AAA Player of the Year
  • All-State Honorable Mention
  • Posted a 1.90 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 46 innings
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