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Davis playing in 2 all-star games

Wesson’s Micah Davis is enjoying an all-star summer. Named tothe Mississippi Association of Coaches all-star baseball andfootball teams, Davis will demonstrate his diamond skills Saturdayat Trustmark Park in Pearl. He’ll play for the South squad in theClass 1A/2A/3A game, starting at 1 p.m.

There’s no shortage of local talent in this year’s Class 4A/5Agame which begins at 6 p.m. Catcher Mitch Pappas of Brookhaven,pitcher/infielders Joseph Evans and Trent Hartzog of LawrenceCounty and pitcher/infielder Alonzo Harris of McComb will representthis area and play for the South dream team.

“I’m excited and I’m glad I got chosen,” said Davis during aThursday break for lunch. The first South 1A/2A/3A practice, underthe direction of Coaches Greg Owen of Columbia and Scott Rimes ofRichland, was held yesterday afternoon.

Davis, a 6-foot-1, 182-pound standout at shortstop, will beconsidered for a variety of positions which is typical for anall-star game. He said he is most comfortable playing shortstop. “Ido pitch some.”

He posted a .434 batting average for Coach Hugh Knight’s Cobrashis senior year, earning All-Division and The DAILY LEADER’sAll-Area Baseball Team honors.

Davis signed a football scholarship with Copiah-LincolnCommunity College where his father, Glenn Davis, is head footballcoach. He might play baseball in the spring for Co-Lin coach KeithCase.

Davis also will play in the 58th Annual Bernard BlackwellAll-Star Football Classic as a quarterback. The game will be playedJuly 19, at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Mitch Pappas (6-1, 190) helped lead Coach Randy Spring’sPanthers to a 20-13 record and a berth in the Class 4A stateplayoffs. He batted .327 and collected 16 RBIs. He hit 1 homer and5 doubles.

Pappas is having a busy summer. The Co-Lin scholarshipsignee is playing baseball for the Jackson 96ers. It includes a60-game schedule, plus weekend tournaments in Tennessee, Alabama,Louisiana and the Magnolia State.

“I like playing catcher because you are involved inevery play of the game,” said Pappas. “You are the leader on thefield.”

Joseph Evans (5-11, 165) is another Co-Lin signee. Hefashioned a 9-1 pitching record and was recognized as the DL’sDefensive Player of the Year on the All-Area team. He had a 1.48ERA, recording 68 strikeouts in 56 innings.

At the plate, Evans batted .415 for Coach Cory Keyes, helpinglead them to a 23-8 record and a runners-up finish in the Division6-4A standings. He hit 2 homers and had 25 RBIs.

Trent Hartzog (5-11, 165), a right-hander, batted .402with 6 doubles, 3 homers and 29 RBIs for the Cougars. On the mound,he posted a 5-3 record and a 2.51 ERA. He had 60 strikeouts in 45innings.

Hartzog was recognized as the DL’s Most ValuableOffensive Player on the 2007 All-Area Team.

Alonzo Harris (5-10, 165) signed a scholarship withSouthwest Mississippi Community College. He was named Mr. Baseballand Most Valuable Player on the DL’s All-Area Team.

Harris batted .540 for the McComb Tigers. He had 45 RBIsand scored 60 runs for Coach Brady Jones. He also hit 11 homers, 11doubles and 3 triples.

Harris has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and stole 30bases this season.