Union County’s best in baseball to join Northeast

Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris had a big night at his annual signing ceremony on Thursday, January 20.

Northeast’s veteran baseball coach picked up six signees and 10 commitments to the Northeast baseball program during the ceremony held between the Lady Tiger and Tiger basketball games against Mississippi Delta.

Farris was able to get three right-handed pitchers, two outfielders and an infielder to agree to join the Tiger baseball program and introduced the newest Tigers to the crowd at halftime of the Tigers’ 93-92 double overtime win over the Trojans.

Joining the Tiger program were a pair of right-handed pitchers from New Albany High School – Tyler Basil and Tyler Beaty, right-handed pitcher Ryan Mosley of Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., outfielders Will Robertson of Falkner High School and Tre Welch of Booneville and infielder Cody Parham of Belmont.

Basil helped lead John Walker’s Bulldogs during the 2010 season and finished the year with a 5-2 mark on the mound while pitching 40.2 innings. 

Basil finished his junior season with a 2.75 earn run average and had 43 strikeouts against just 13 walks on the year.

Basil was a member of the Division 1-4A Super 15 in 2010 and when not on the diamond, Basil is a member of the New Albany football team.

Beaty compiled a 12-4 mark over his last two seasons. During his sophomore year, Beaty went 8-3 on the mound for Mantachie High School with a 3.17 earn run average and turned in a 4-1 performance for New Albany High School his junior season.

During his junior season with New Albany, Beaty had a 3.37 earn run average while fanning 43 batters in 27 innings pitched for the Bulldogs.

Farris also picked up 10 commitments from the high school ranks during his annual signing ceremony including three from Andy Wilbanks’ Ingomar Falcons and two from West Union Attendance Center.

In total, Farris received commitments from four pitchers, two infielders, two first basemen, an outfielder and a catcher.

Ingomar’s Tanner McCollum, Austin Gregory and Wesley Jumper all committed to the Tiger baseball program on Thursday, January 20.

McCollum, a first baseman, helped lead the Falcons with a .700 on base percentage, while hitting .475 with eight home runs, 12 doubles and 35 runs scored.

During his junior season with the Falcons, McCollum was named the team’s most valuable player, a member of the .400 club and was on the all division team.

Gregory, an infielder, broke the .400 barrier during his junior season hitting .401 for the Falcons with four homeruns and 10 doubles and a triple while scoring 32 runs for Ingomar during the 2010 season.

Gregory was a member of the .400 club, a member of the all division team and named the team’s most valuable pitcher.

Jumper, Farris’ lone outfield commitment, hit .380 for Ingomar during the 2010 season and collected 30 runs batted in along with four home runs.

When not suiting up for Wilbanks’ diamond squad, Jumper is a member of Norris Ashley’s Falcon basketball team.

A pair of McCollum, Gregory and Jumper’s division counterparts also committed to the Tiger baseball program during Thursday night’s ceremony when West Union Attendance Center’s Will Basil and Hunter McQuary committed to the program.

Basil, a right-handed pitcher and infielder, helped Ashley Russell’s Eagles with a 9-4 record on the mound during the 2010 season.

During his junior season, Basil amassed a 3.74 earn run average with 85 strikeouts and held opposing batters to just a .217 average while putting together a .333 batting average himself with four homeruns and 17 runs batted in.

Basil was a second team member of the All-State team and also selected to the all division team for West Union.

McQuary, a first baseman, had the highest batting average of all the commitments and signees with his .531 average at the plate. 

Not only did McQuary piece together a .500 batting average but the Eagle first baseman had power at the plate with nine homeruns and 38 runs batted in.

McQuary has been named to the All-State team three times during his varsity career and has also had the honor of being the division player of the year.

Farris picked up his sixth commitment from Union County when New Albany’s Drew Wray committed to the program.

 Wray, an infielder, hit .370 during his junior season with John Walker’s Bulldogs with 14 runs batted in and 25 runs scored.