The East Central baseball team signed eleven young men to their roster Tuesday in the campus' Mabry cafeteria in Decatur, MS. High school seniors from Mbile and all throughout Mssissippi gathered with their families and prep coaches to celebrate. January 15th marks national signing day for junior college baseball. Head coach Neal Holliman said he was very pleased the addition to the Warrior family.
"We're very fortunate to have not only what we feel is the best in our surrounding area, but to be able to branch out throughout the whole state," said Holliman. "All the way from the South Panola area (to) all the way down."
Coach Holliman's signees will help rebuild a baseball program that ranked as high as 15th nationally in 2011, but finished with a disappointing 25-21 record in 2012
1. Zach Mowdy
Union High School
6’ • 190 lbs.
Parents: Sean and Amanda Mowdy of Union
HS Coach: Dustin Hamrick
Honors: All-District Pitcher Award
2. Nick Wilson
Terry High School
5’7” • 190 lbs.
Parents: Jay and Shelley Wilson of Byram
HS Coach: Jerry Gibson
Honors: 2nd Team All-District
3. Ryan Ward
Madison Ridgeland Academy
5’10” • 170 lbs.
Parents: Robert and Joann Ward of Madison
HS Coach: Allen Pavatte
Honors: 2012 MAIS First Team All Conference, 2012 MAIS First Team All-State
4. Kyle McCullough
Madison Ridgeland Academy
6’2” • 200 lbs.
Parents: John and Cheryl McCullough of Madison
HS Coach Allen Pavatte
5. Hunter Allen Thrower
Southeast High School
5’9” • 165 lbs.
Parents: Troy and Shannon Flaskamp of Meridian
HS Coach: Shay Cooper
Honors: Best Infielder Award 2012, All-District, Class 3A State Champions
6. Colby Eaves
Nanih Waiya High School
6’5” • 230 lbs.
Parents: Gail and Richard Eaves of Louisville
HS Coach: Tyler Rogers
Honors: Player of the Year 1A, 2-time state champion
7. Robert Chance Whitten
South Panola High School
6’5” • 195 lbs.
Parents: Jim and Melaine Whitten of Batesville
HS Coach: Justin Reed
Honors: District Player of the Year, Offensive Award
8. Blake Pugh
6’2” • 182 lbs.
Parents: Evan Pugh and Crystal Bankston of Waynesboro
HS Coach: Justin Ainsworth
Honors: 2-year District MVP, runner-up in strikouts in state as a sophomore,
King of the Hill for 3 years in a row at Wayne County High School and Wayne Academy
9. Dylan Brice Little
Mary G. Montgomery High School
6’ • 170 lbs.
Parents: Patsy Little and Ken Little of Semmes, Ala.
HS Coach: Coach Dixon
Honors: Offensive MVP 2012, Eastern Shore Orioles 2012, Batting Average .357, 11 doubles, Enfeugo 2009-2010
10. Reagan Warren
Newton County High School
6’ • 165 lbs.
Parents: Greg and Becky Warren of Decatur
HS Coach: Wyatt Tullos
Honors: 2012-300 Club, 2nd Team All-District, Hard Work Award, Most Improved Defense Award
11. Will Myers
6’2” • 205 lbs.
Parents: Tim and Vickie Myers of Philadelphia
HS Coach: Josh Ray
Honors: 9th grade honorable mention pitching and school pitching award, 10th grade all-conference right fielder and batting average award (.452), 11th grade all-conference right fielder