Baseball and softball players to watch

prep_icon_greenHere are some players worth watching when the high school baseball and fast pitch softball seasons open a week from today:

BASEBALL

Luke Alexander, Belmont

Junior pitcher/infielder

Numbers: .388 batting average, 5-4 record, 0.92 ERA, 73 Ks, .932 fielding percentage.

Extra Innings: Mississippi Jr. Sunbelt Classic Team. … Division 1-3A Player of the Year. … Switch-hitter committed to Mississippi State as an eighth grader.

Jason Garrett, Tupelo

Sophomore pitcher

Numbers: No varsity action last season. Pitched for ninth grade team.

Extra Innings: Helped pitch – semifinals and finals – USSSA Tupelo Rangers to 14U state championship. … Brother of former Tupelo QB Chris Garrett, the Wave’s all-time leading passer.

Dustin Kirk, Baldwyn

Senior infielder/pitcher

Numbers: 9-1 record, 1.33 ERA, .427 batting avg., 17 RBI, .592 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Threw 10 complete games. … Was 3-0 in the playoffs. … 2nd Team Class 2A All-State.

Michael Ray, Tupelo

Senior outfielder/catcher

Numbers: .482 batting average, 11 doubles, 24 RBI, .563 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Led team in hitting last season. … Won 3 state championships in swimming. … Recorded 75 tackles on state finalist football team.

Ryan Watts, Pontotoc

Senior infielder/pitcher

Numbers: .513 batting avg., 2 HRs, 6 doubles, 23 RBI, 0.92 ERA.

Extra Innings: Selected for Sunbelt Classic. … Made State Games of Mississippi roster. … Division 1-4A Offensive Player of the Year.

Jacob Wilcher, Kossuth

Sophomore outfielder

Numbers: .443 batting avg., 25 RBI, 4 HRs, 8 doubles, .535 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Selected for Under Armour All-America Showcase in Chicago. … Division 1-3A Offensive MVP. … Hit by a pitch 10 times.

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SOFTBALL

Bailey Bogue, West Union

Senior catcher

Numbers: .475 batting avg., 40 RBI, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 1 HR.

Extra Innings: Had game-winning hit in team’s North state win against Smithville. … 1A All-State selection. … Named MHSAA 1A Hitter of the Year.

Chelsea Gates, Houston

Senior infielder

Numbers: .551 batting avg., 2 HR, .652 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Helped lead team to back-to-back North state championships. … Considered one of the state’s top shortstops. … 4A All-State selection.

Breanna Edgeworth, Smithville

Junior infielder

Numbers: .523 batting avg., 27 RBI, 12 doubles, .677 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Helped lead Lady Noles to three consecutive state titles in fast-pitch and slow-pitch. … A 2012 all-area slow-pitch selection. … 1A All-State selection.

Bailey Oswalt, Amory

Senior infielder

Numbers: .574 batting avg., .596 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 12 stolen bases.

Extra Innings: Had only one strikeout in 101 at-bats. … Played in this summer’s MAC all-star game. … 4A All-State selection.

Courtney Roberts, Hatley

Senior outfielder

Numbers: .474 batting average, 21 RBI, 20 stolen bases, .978 fielding percentage.

Extra Innings: Batted .500 in team’s state playoffs series loss to eventual 2A champion East Webster. … Played in MAC all-star game. … 2A All-State selection.

Meagan Edmonds, Mooreville

Freshman outfielder

Numbers: .520 batting avg., 19 RBI, 43 stolen bases, .700 on-base percentage.

Extra Innings: Productive lead-off batter. … Talented young player on a team loaded with young talent. … 3A All-State selection.