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|Janway named as all-star|
As a rule, Southeastern Louisiana baseball coach Jay Artigues doesn't like his pitchers throwing during the summer.
But, with some assistance from Lion assistant coach Matt Riser, SLU pitcher Josh Janway talked Artigues into letting him pitch for the Quincy Gems of the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
"Our coaches usually don't let their pitchers throw, especially if you threw a lot during the year," said Janway, the son of Neal and Gaila Janway and grandson of Ken and Golda Ensminger of Vidalia. "They want you to rest your arm and come back fresh in the fall. I asked if I could pitch and one of the coaches stuck up for me. So Coach Artigues let me as long as they monitor my pitch count."
The move has paid off for Janway, who was selected to the Prospect League's West All-Star team.
The all-star game will be played today (Wednesday) in Beckley, W.Va.
"I'm excited about it," Janway said."This has been one of the most fun summers I've had. We're playing a game nearly every day."
Janway has pitched 33.1 innings for the Gems, composing a 3-2 record and 1.35 earned run average. He has two saves and has struck out 19 batters, while walking five.
The West and East all-star teams each consist of 30 players — 20 position players and 10 pitchers.
Janway is staying with a host team in Quincy.
"It's about the size of Natchez," he said. "But once you get out of the city, there is nothing by cornfields. The Mississippi River is five miles away. I told my host family that it's a lot cleaner than it is back home and they just kind of looked at me like I was crazy. Some parts of it are wide up here, but it's a lot smaller
Janway finished 5-2 in his junior season at Southeastern Louisiana this past season. He had a 3.81 earned run average.He struck out 49 and walked 16
As a sophomore, Janway posted a 4-2 record for the season with six saves and a 3.07 earned run average. He appeared in a team high 27 games … started games against Alcorn State, LSU and McNeese State (in the Southland Conference Tournament). Janway limited batters to .241 average and compiled a 2.59 earned run average out of the bullpen. He earned a win at Mississippi State with 4.2 scoreless inning of relief and six strikeouts. He also also struck out six batters en route to picking up win against Alcorn State.
Janway earned four letters in baseball and three letters in football at Parkview Baptist School. He helped PBS to Class 3A state championships in football and baseball his senior year and was named all-metro, all-district and all-state in baseball and was named all-district in football.
As for his latest honor as an all-star?
"I'm looking at this as a reward and I'm just going out to have some fun," said Janway, who will be playing for the West team along with SLU teammate John Pace, an infielder.
Janway said he will spend another month in Quincy before returning home and getting ready for his senior year at SLU.
"The main thing this has done is give me more confidence," he said. "I'm facing wood bats, so the ball is not coming off as hard. As long as you throw strikes and throw your off-speed pitch for strikes you can get people out. There are a lot of redshirt freshmen and sophomores from the SEC and other schools getting some work in. There's a lot of good competition."
Janway said his main goal this season is to win the Southland Conference and advance all the way to a Super Regional.
"Personally, I would like to get drafted," he said.
Janway started early last season, but came out of the bullpen during the conference tournament.
"I'll be happy to do whatever they need me to do," he said. "It will probably depend on the junior college guys coming in. I want to come out of the bullpen, if I have a preference, but I'm happy with whatever they think is best."
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