Nettles, Warren have All-Star ambitions
Brookhaven Academy’s Landon Nettles and Bailey Warren will have the opportunity to showcase their skills once again in Friday’s MAIS All-Star Baseball Game at Jackson’s Smith-Wills Stadium. They’ll play for the South in the Class AA-AAA Game at 5 p.m.
Baseball fans can enjoy a nice full day of baseball if they choose to arrive at the stadium to watch the Class A game starting at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are $8.
“It’s a special honor to play in the all-star game to represent my school,” said Nettles.
“I am very excited to get an opportunity like this,” said Warren.
The all-stars will report Friday morning for orientation and All-Star banquet at the Clyde Muse Center.
Warren (5-11, 185) anchored BA’s pitching staff this season. He fashioned a 4-3 record and a 1.06 ERA. In 53 innings, he struck out 60 batters and issued just 12 bases on balls. Opponents had a .200 batting average against the right-hander.
Warren has recently sign a baseball scholarship to play for the Co-Lin Wolves. He plans to pursue a career in engineering.
Warren shared his thoughts on his season at Brookhaven Academy.
“It was a big difference from the change from public to private, but I was able to adapt,” he said. “I did not have the best season ever but there was always a teammate to pick up the slack.”
Nettles (5-10, 185) is a veteran all-star, having played in the MAIS football showcases this season. He has signed a baseball scholarship with Jones County Community Junior College Bobcats, where he plans to pursue a career in engineering.
At the plate, Nettles owned the highest batting average at .500. He drove in 34 runs on 44 hits, while collecting 14 doubles, 1 triple and 7 homeruns.
Nettles was the leader behind the plate on defense for Brookhaven Academy. He was a nightmare for opposing teams as he posted a .983 fielding average.
Nettles shared his thoughts on BA’s season and his coach.
“I thought we had a pretty good season,” he said. “I wish we could have won a state championship.”
“Coach Casey Edwards is a great coach,” continued Nettles. “He has taught me a lot and I will miss him dearly.”
“Landon Nettles and Bailey Warren both played a key roles in our success this season,” said BA coach Casey Edwards. “Landon was our team captain as well as our offensive leader. He never really cooled off at the plate the entire season.”
“Bailey gave us a chance to win every time he toed the rubber,” continued Edwards. “We felt confident we could defeat any opponent when he was on the mound.”