Northeast Mississippi Community College commitment from Harding’s Hurdle

Jack Hurdle (center) is surrounded by his family. Harding Academy coaches, Northeast assistant coach Richy Harrelson and former Tiger assistant coach Jake Mills at a ceremony for his commitment at the Memphis, Tenn., based academy. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Jack Hurdle (center) is surrounded by his family. Harding Academy coaches, Northeast assistant coach Richy Harrelson and former Tiger assistant coach Jake Mills at a ceremony for his commitment at the Memphis, Tenn., based academy. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris wrapped up his fall 2013 roster with the commitment of Harding Academy’s Jack Hurdle.

Hurdle helped Harding, located in Memphis, to a 33-9 record and to the Division II, Class A state championship series of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) last season.

“Jack comes from a fine family and an outstanding high school baseball program,” said Farris. “He’s very versatile and had an outstanding high school career and we’re excited to have a young man of his caliber on our team.”

The Byhalia, Miss., native shifted positions between shortstop and second base as needed for the Lions and finished the year with an .839 fielding percentage.

He hit .267 in the 42-game campaign for Harding as a senior with five home runs and 28 runs batted in (RBI). Over half of Hurdle’s hits (22 of 36) went for extra bases, including 13 doubles and four triples.

Hurdle controlled the base paths with a .380 on-base percentage, 12 steals and 32 runs scored.

Hurdle went on a tear during the Lions’ 14-game playoff run that led to their first regional championship since 1991 and first state runner-up finish in 30 years. He hit .318 in postseason play with three homers and half of his season total in RBIs (14).

Following his final high school year, Tennessee Baseball Report named Hurdle to the Honorable Mention All-State team.