Thursday, May 27, 2010
For the third time in three years a pair of Marshall Academy baseball players have been selected to participate in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star Game.
Seniors Parker James and Will Patton were named to the North squad after posting stellar numbers during their final campaign. They are the only players from District 1-AA on the 18-man roster.
James, an outfielder and pitcher, was the team’s leading hitter with a .402 batting average along with nine doubles and 20 runs batted in. He also swiped 24 of 25 stolen base attempts. On the mound, the Blue Mountain College signee, was 6-2 with a 1.30 earned run average. After the season, James was tabbed as the District 1-AA most valuable player.
Patton was a workhorse on the mound for the Patriots as he recorded a 9-1 record and a 1.86 ERA. He struck out 94 batters in 56 1/3 innings pitched and allowed only 48 hits. He will play at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead next season.
“I am very proud to see all of their hard work pay off,” said Johnny Ray, who coached the talented pair at Marshall. “This is an honor to be selected and even more so to go as team mates and represent their school one more time.”
The all-star game will be played this Saturday, May 29, at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Coaches for the North squad are A.J. Downs from Manchester Academy in Yazoo City and Jeff Walls from Washington School in Greenville. The squad is made up of players from the ranks of AA and AAA schools from the North Divisions.
Other notable selections are Austin Hartzog (Ole Miss signee), Caleb Baucum (Hinds Community College signee) and Josh Rogers (Southern Miss signee), all from Hillcrest; Garrett Radicioni (Northwest Community College signee) from Lee Academy; as well as Jake Brigman (Northwest signee) and Jeremy Massie from Magnolia Heights School.
Hunter Bolden and Chris Gardner represented Marshall in 2009 and Shane Campbell and Tyler Sanders were selected in 2008.
Marshall finished with a 27-7 record this past season, including a 12-0 mark in District 1-AA play. They were eliminated by eventual state runner-up Hillcrest Christian School.
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