NA’s Smith among NEMCC athletes honored

A quintet of Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball players have been honored for their success on the field during the 2010-11 season.
Corey Smith of New Albany and Jacob Long of Vardaman were named to the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State first team whileTrae Allison of Hernando and Will Wallis of Ripley were named to the All-State second team.
Jordan Gurley of Corinth was awarded with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region XXIII golden glove selection at third base.
Long, a 5-8 169-pound sophomore, appeared in 33 games for the Tigers during the 2010-11season and recorded 30 hits and nine doubles for Northeast.
Long also was a key threat at the plate knocking in 24 runs while scoring 21 himself while posting a .343 batting average during the season.
Long was steady on the defensive side of the ball as well committing just three errors in 164 chances for a .982 fielding percentage for the Tigers.
Smith, a 5-8 155-pound freshman, appeared in 28 games for the Tigers and was perfect on the base paths for Northeast.
During the 2010-11 season, Smith collected 29 hits along with nine doubles while posting a .349 batting average.
In addition to his .349 average, Smith accumulated a .444 on base percentage while driving in 31 runs for the Tigers.
Wallis, a 5-11 190-pound sophomore, appeared in 32 games for the Tigers and finished with a .305 batting average with 25 hits and a trio of doubles.
In addition to his 25 hits, Wallis drove in 24 runs for the Tigers while scoring 12 anddrew 20 walks on the season for a .423 on base percentage.
In 171 chances, Wallis only committed four miscues for a .977 fielding percentage for the 2010-11 season.
Allison, a 5-9, 160-pound freshman, appeared in 30 games for the Tigers during the 2010-11 season and collected 31 hits, six doubles  and a triple for Northeast.
In addition to scoring 24 runs for Northeast and driving in 14 more markers, Allison posted a .360 batting average for the Tigers.
Allison drew 13 walks during the year boosting his on base percentage to .451.
Gurley, a 5-9 164-pound sophomore, signed with the University of North Alabama during the early signing period and posted a .307 average during his final season with the Tigers.
In 41 games, Gurley pounded out 30 hits with eight doubles while driving in 11 and scoring 19 times.
In the field, Gurley posted a .919 fielding percentage at the ‘hot corner.'