Yarborough representing Loyd Star in All-Star Baseball Classic
Baseball fans from Loyd Star will have a chance to watch their local senior player, Caleb Yarborough, suit up in his school colors once again for the 42nd annual D.M. Howie High School All-Star Baseball Games, which will be held Saturday at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The event is sponsored by the Crossroads Diamond Club.
This year’s All-Star event will have a new format that will include a Junior All-Star Game.
The Class 1A/2A/3A game will be played at 11 a.m. The new addition Junior All-Star contest will begin at 2:30 p.m., while the first pitch for the Class 4A/5A/6A game is set for 6 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 Josh Dowdy of Bruce and Steve Kerr of Smithville. The South 1A/2A/3A coaches are Jeff Walker of McLaurin and Wade Weathers of Stringer.
In the 1A/2A/3A game at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson in 2014, the South defeated the North for the second year in a row in the bottom of the ninth in a thrilling 9-8 win to add to the South’s overall series lead at 16-13.
In the 2014 4A/5A/6A game, the South snapped the North’s two-game winning streak with a 4-3 win to increase the South series lead to 19-11.
Representing Lincoln County in the South for Class 1A/2A/3A:
Caleb Yarborough, Loyd Star, batted .429 on the season for the Hornets collecting 16 RBI’s, 10 doubles, one triple and had two home runs.
On the mound, he was the Hornets’ ace with a 9-1 record with 99 strikeouts and 12 walks in 58 innings pitched with a 0.48 ERA.
As a outfielder for Loyd Star, he had a .917 fielding percentage. Yarborough recently signed a collegiate baseball scholarship to play for the Meridian Community College Eagles next spring.
“I’m very happy for Caleb and for all of his accomplishments while he was at Loyd Star,” said Loyd Star coach Jared Britt. “Caleb being selected to the All-Star Classic is just another one of his great accomplishments. I am looking forward to seeing him compete against some of the best athletes in the state at the all star game.”
SOUTH 1A/2A/3A ALL STARS:
# NAME -SCHOOL- COACH
4 Garrett Glenn -Enterprise-Clarke -John Welch
6 Brett Welborn -Stringer -Wade Weathers
7 Quinton Logan -Cathedral -Craig Beesley
7 Drake Nightengale -Sumrall -Larry Knight
8 Mason Avary- Stringer -Wade Weathers
8 Luke Craig -Morton -Miles Porter
8 Isaac Dennis -Raleigh -T. J. Grissom
10 Joseph Gateley- Taylorsville- Dusty Hillman
10 Alex Knight -Sumrall -Larry Knight
12 Bennie Kirkland -St. Andrew’s Epis. -Mark Fanning
12 Austin Moffett- Taylorsville -Dusty Hillman
14 Connor Smith -St. Aloysius -Steve Hancock
15 Caleb Yarborough -Loyd Star -Jared Britt
19 Graham Grogan -St. Andrew’s Epis. -Mark Fanning
23 Andrew Pankratz -Taylorsville -Dusty Hillman
25 Drake Pace -Sumrall -Larry Knight
COACHES: Jeff Walker, McLaurin; Wade Weathers, Stringer
NORTH 1A/2A/3A ALL STARS:
# NAME -SCHOOL -COACH
1 Skyler Defer -Water Valley -Kary Bridges
1 Tyler Moore -Alcorn Central- Jarrad Robinson
2 Luke Alexander -Belmont -Andy Deaton
2 Tyreque Reed -Houlka -Sid Burt
2 Cade Clark -Bruce -Josh Dowdy
5 Ben Seay -Mooreville -Derek Thompson
6 Jon Morgan -Payne Belmont -Andy Deaton
7 Ryan Wesson -Baldwyn -Shannon Smith
9 Hayden Guin -Nettleton -Will Hawkins
10 Micah McCain -Smithville -Steve Kerr
12 Rusty Johnson -Eupora -Michael Knight
14 Derek Jones -East Webster -Wes Johnson
16 John Austin Taylor -West Union -Ashley Russell
16 Cole Loggins -North Pontotoc -Chad Anthony
17 Bryan Malone -Belmont -Andy Deaton
25 Caleb Bates -Nettleton -Will Hawkins
COACHES: Josh Dowdy, Bruce; Steve Kerr, Smithville