Daily Journal All-Area Baseball Team 2013

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

Cody Bo Dillard
East Union
Senior pitcher/outfIelder
Numbers: .402 batting avg., 30 RBI, 10 doubles, 1.42 ERA, 84 Ks.
Extra Innings: Northeast CC signee. … 1st Team Class 2A All-State. … Division 1-2A Player of the Year.

Jacob Wilcher
Kossuth
Freshman 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.

Russ Johnson
Hatley
Senior infielder/pitcher
Numbers: .400 batting avg., 29 RBI, 5-2 pitching record, 1.37 ERA, 62 Ks.
Extra Innings: Stole 23 of 24 attempted bases. … Itawamba CC signee. … 1st Team Class 2A All-State.

Ryan Watts
Pontotoc
Junior 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.

Dustin Kirk
Baldwyn
Junior 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.

Ben Foster
New Albany
Senior pitcher/infielder
Numbers: .358 batting avg., 14 RBI, 9 doubles, .531 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage.
Extra Innings: Northeast CC signee. … 1st Team Coaches 4A All-State. … 10 of 10 on stolen bases.

Tanner Poole
Amory
senior outfielder/pitcher/infielder
Numbers: 6-4 record, 0.54 ERA, .345 batting avg., 6 HRs, 8 doubles.
Extra Innings: Itawamba CC signee. …Named team MVP by teammates. … NEMCABB 3A/4A/5A/6A Player of the Year.

Drew Carter
TCPS
Senior pitcher/infielder
Numbers: .479 batting avg., 3 HRs, 36 RBI, 2.65 ERA, 87 Ks.
Extra Innings: Itawamba CC signee. … Stole 10 of 11 bases. … Awarded Crossroads All-Stars’ top scholar athlete award.

Luke Alexander
Belmont
Sophomore 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.

Peyton Callahan
Houston
Senior infielder/pitcher
Numbers: .327 batting average, 12 RBI, 7 doubles, .890 fielding percentage, 70 Ks.
Extra Innings: Mississippi Delta CC signee. …Threw a perfect game for the second straight season. … All Division 4-4A.