Northeast baseball signs quartet of local athletes

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris has announced the signings of four local baseball players to the Tigers 2012-13 baseball team.

Farris inked Lafayette County’s Luke Stanley and a trio of athletes from Alcorn County by getting Corinth’s Lew Johnson and Kossuth’s Heath Wood and David Gibson to become Tigers during a signing ceremony held between the women and men’s basketball games against Itawamba Community College on Monday, January 23.

Stanley, a middle infielder, helped lead the Commodores to a Class 4A North Half runner-up finish during his junior season at Lafayette County. Stanley hit .267 last season with 12 RBI and scored 18 runs while leading the Commodores to a 27-7 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the division. During his junior campaign, Stanley complied a .400 slugging percentage with four doubles and a triple and was perfect on the base paths with a five-for-five showing. When not manning the middle infield, Stanley also saw time on the mound for Lafayette County piecing together a 2-0-3 mark in seven appearances that included 22 strikeouts against just three walks while holding the opposition to a .212 batting average.

Johnson, an outfielder, is a dual sport star for the Corinth Warriors. When not on the diamond for Rob Scarbrough’s Warriors, Johnson also clocked time on the gridiron under the direction of long-time Warrior football coach Jimmy Mitchell. During his junior season, Johnson hit .368 with 42 RBI. Johnson also pieced together a .476 on base percentage and a .540 slugging percentage while banging out five home runs during the Warriors 2010-11 campaign.

Gibson, a right-handed pitcher, was a dual threat for the Aggies on the mound and in the batter’s box for Daniel Threadgill’s Kossuth club. During his junior season, Gibson racked up an 8-2 record on the mound with a 3.70 ERA and held opponents to a .208 batting average while striking out 51 in 53 innings in 12 appearances for the Aggies. When not on the mound, Gipson was a threat in the batter’s box with a .253 average and a .560 slugging percentage including five doubles and six homeruns. Gibson found his offensive grove in a pair of games on April 8-9, 2011 when the Kossuth junior banged out three homeruns against Ripley and Amory – and had a 2.667 slugging percentage against the Panthers after a two-home run day.

Wood, an outfielder, played a variety of positions for Threadgill’s Kossuth club that posted a 14-13 overall mark but was 8-3 in Division 1-3A during the 2010-11season. During his junior season, Wood hit .469 and scored 35 runs while chasing in nine more runs for the Aggies. Wood had a .574 on base percentage and a .704 slugging percentage with eight doubles, a triple and three homeruns during his junior campaign. Wood was also a hard out for the opposition striking out just five times in 101 plate appearances and was 10 of 12 on the stolen base department for the Aggies. In addition to manning the outfield,Wood also saw time in the battery for Kossuth on the mound and behind the plate.

Farris and the Tiger will begin their 2011-12 campaign on Valentine’s Day (February 14) when Northeast opens up in a home debut against Wallace State (Ala.)-Hanceville at Harold T. White Field at Booneville City Park. First pitch is set for noon.