Local players showcase talent in All-Star Game
Baseball fans from Lincoln County will have a chance to witness four local senior players suit up in school colors once again during the 41st annual D.M. Howie High School All-Star Baseball Games, which will be held Saturday at Smith-Wills Stadium off Lakeland Drive in Jackson. The event is sponsored by the Crossroads Diamond Club.
The Class 4A/5A/6A game will be played at 1 p.m. While the first pitch for the Class 1A/2A/3A game is set for 5:30 p.m. Each game will be nine innings. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available at the gate.
The North 1A/2A/3A coaches are Will Lowery of Tupelo Christian and Steve Chambliss of Independence. The South 1A/2A/3A coaches are Craig Martin of Sebastopol and Miller Todd of Madison St. Joseph.
In the 1A/2A/3A game at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson in 2013, the South beat the North 4-1 in 10 innings to increase their overall series lead to 15-13. In last year’s 4A/5A/6A contest, the North claimed their second straight win in the series which the South still leads by an 18-11 margin.
The four players representing Lincoln County in Class 1A/2A/3A All-Star game is Brady Wilson of West Lincoln, Seth Farmer of Loyd Star, Brock Roberts of Bogue Chitto and Jackson Cole of Enterprise. One player from Copiah County also made the team, which is Jarvis Warner from Hazlehurst.
Brady Wilson, West Lincoln, batted .487 on the season for the Bears collecting 38 RBI’s and had 11 home runs. He also earned a 7-5 record as West Lincoln ace with 106 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched with a 2.00 ERA. As a catcher for the Bears, he had a .980 fielding percentage
“Brady Wilson is one of the hardest workers we had on the team,” said West Lincoln coach Steve Barrington. “His success is very much deserved especially with the extra hours and work he has put in. Overall, he had a great year, but his best is still in front of him.”
Seth Farmer, Loyd Star, a very talented athlete in centerfield helped the Hornets on the season with a .432 batting average while 45 runs for Loyd Star and had 22 RBI’s. In the field, he posted a .878 fielding percentage which gave opposing coaches headaches.
“Seth Farmer is one of the most competitive kids I have been around,” said Loyd Star coach Jared Britt. “He is willing to go above and beyond to improve and help his team. He is very well deserving of this opportunity. I look forward to watch him showcase his talents at the All-Star game.”
Brock Roberts, Bogue Chitto, provided great leadership in the Bobcats’ run in the playoffs. He batted a .326 and collected 21 RBI’s. He provided a 4-4 worksheet on the mound with a 2.51 ERA collecting 94 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. In the field, he posted a .873 fielding percentage.
“Brock Roberts is very deserving of his all-star selection,” said Bogue Chitto coach Russ Carter. “He is an extremely gifted player and this game will be a great place for him to showcase his ability. It will exciting to see what he does at the next level.”
Jackson Cole, Enterprise, showcased his talents as a Yellow Jacket. He earned a .360 batting average and was 4-2 on the mound as a pitcher. Cole posted a 1.10 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched. At the plate, he was one the top sluggers with a .551 slugging percentage.
“Jackson Cole is well deserving of the opportunity to play at the All-Star game,” said Enterprise coach Cass Brister. “He is a great kid, who has done a lot for our program. I am glad to see the other coaches award him with this honor.”
Jarvis Warner, Hazlehurst, a very talented athlete helped the Indians on the season with a .441 batting average.