Northeast baseball signs one of Kentucky's best

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris recently got one Kentucky’s top athletes to agree to join the Tigers for the 2011-12 season.

Josh Drake, who led Hopkinsville (Ky.) High School to a 32-5 mark and a spot in the Region 2 tournament championship game, agreed to don the black and gold for the Tigers.

Drake, a 6-3 200-pound right-handed pitcher, was a Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association (KHSBCA) second-team All-State selection after posting an 8-2 mark on the mound with three saveswhile amassing just a 1.63 earn run average during the 2010-11 season.

Drake was a multiple-threat athlete for Hopkinsville piecing together a .511 batting average with 36 runs batted in (RBI), 12 doubles and one home run during his senior campaign.

During his junior season, Drake posted an 8-1 mark with a 3.78 earn run average with 67 strikeouts against 17 walks in 52 innings of work.

Drake’s sophomore campaign saw the Kentucky native finish with a 2.66 earn run average a .304 batting average while earning the coach’s award for 2009.

Drake already has been around Division I quality athletes all his life including playing with Justin Hageman who signed with Western Kentucky University and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

During his senior season, Drake was named one of the Top 100 baseball players in the Kentucky High School system when the Hopkinsville graduate was listed in the top half of the list.

When not toeing the mound for Hopkinsville, Drake also makes appearances at third base and has been a member of the Evansville Blacksox 18-under baseball squad.