Northeast softball adds Kossuth standout to class

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head softball coach Jody Long continues to add to his 2011-12 recruiting class.

Long signed Kossuth High School standout LeeAnna Nelms at a ceremony at the high school on Thursday, May 19.

Nelms joins four others in Long’s 2011-12 recruit class as Ackerman catcher Andrea Cutts, Amherst Central High School (Amherst, NY) pitcher Erin Dixson, Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School pitcher/shortstop Kristen Claunch and New Albany High School third baseman Ellen Tarrant have all agreed to join the Lady Tigers for the2011-12 season.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play softball on the next level,” Nelms said. “I am happy to sign with Northeast which has a long tradition of championship teams.”

Nelms helped lead the Lady Aggies to a 16-6 mark during the 2011 season and a 9-1showing in Division 1-3A before falling to perennial power Nettleton in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 3A State Softball Playoffs.

“I am excited for LeeAnna,” said Kossuth head softball coach Steve Lyles. “She is a tremendous leader and I wish her the very best at Northeast.”

Nelms hit .328 for the Lady Aggies bashing out 20 hits and in over 60 plate appearances for Kossuth.

During her senior season, Nelms scored 21 runs including a three-run effort against Tishomingo County on February 26 that helped propel Kossuth to a 6-3 victory.

In addition to scoring 21 runs, Nelms drove in 13 and had a hand in 30-percent of Kossuth’s 115 runs on the year.

Nelms had a pair of three-RBI games that helped lead the Lady Aggies to a pair of victories including a three-RBI contest against Booneville on April 5 that helped propel Kossuth to a 10-9 decision and then turned the trick a week later against Ripley on April 12 in a 7-1 decision.

Nelms’ big day came in the April 5 decision against Booneville where the Lady Aggie senior went 2-for-2 at the plate with a single and triple, driving in three and scoring one and recording a 2.000 slugging percentage for the Lady Aggies.

In addition to her .328 batting average, Nelms powered her way to four doubles and two triples and had a slugging percentage of .459 and an on base percentage of .405.

Nelms was also perfect on the basepaths in 2011 got a perfect 17-for-17 and had a 4-for-4 day against Alcorn Central on April 14 in a 4-1 win.

In 93 chances, the Lady Aggie second baseman was part of a stingy Kossuth defensethat allowed just 87 runs on the year and posted a .935 fielding percentage her final season.

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