Thursday, July 30, 2009
Bolden signs with Mississippi Delta
By BARRY BURLESON
All three seniors from last season’s Marshall Academy baseball team have now signed college scholarships.
Hunter Bolden made his choice last week. He will play for the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans.
“I believe this will be a perfect fit for Hunter,” said Johnny Ray, head coach of the Patriots. “He should have the opportunity to go in and play right away. He has worked very hard over the past year to have an opportunity to play at the next level. He deserves this.”
Previously signing were Chris Gardner with Northwest Community College and Harris Gholson with Shepherd Film Academy in Memphis.
Bolden said he decided on Mississippi Delta for a few reasons – the head coach, the program’s success and his choice of careers.
Sid Naron, head coach of the Trojans, played at Mississippi Delta and then Delta State University. Bolden said he would like to follow that same path.
Mississippi Delta baseball has a proud tradition. The Trojans have won 15 North Division championships since 1962, including seven in the ’90s. They have claimed 11 state championships since 1962, including five in the ’90s and the last one being in 2001. The Trojans were also National Junior College Athletic Association Region XXXIII champs in 1987, 1990, 1995 and 2002.
Bolden plans to major in criminal justice and become a U.S. marshal. Mississippi Delta is home to a law enforcement training academy.
He is playing baseball this summer with the Golden Triangle Jets in the Cotton States League at New Albany. He starts in center field and bats in the lead-off spot.
“It’s been good for me,” Bolden said. “It really helped me with exposure.”
Prior to last Saturday’s games, Bolden was batting near .300 with 13 hits and five RBI. He has five doubles and a slugging percentage of .391. He has stolen three bases in four attempts.
He was one of the leaders of a strong program at Marshall.
Bolden, as a senior outfielder, was named the District 1-AA Most Valuable Player and was also selected to the Mississippi Private School Association All Star game. He batted .386 with seven home runs and 41 RBI, which led the team. He also had 10 doubles and four triples. Bolden struck out only 11 times in 128 plate appearances. He hit safely in 26 of 34 games played and was 12 for 12 in stolen bases. He committed only one error all season. Bolden is a four-year member of the all-conference squad.
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