Northeast's Farris lands New Hope pitching standout

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris opened up the 2013 baseball signing period by inking New Hope High School standout pitcher Landon Boyd to his future roster.

Boyd signed with Farris today in front of a crowd of family, friends and teammates in the school’s library, making him the first signee for the Northeast baseball program this year.

Boyd was coached by his older brother Lee Boyd at New Hope. During the 2011-12 season the Trojans went 25-9 overall and 7-2 in Division 2-5A play. The Trojans finished last year ranked eighteenth by MaxPreps.com.

“I am so excited to sign with Northeast,” Boyd said. “It’s going to be exciting. I know Coach Farris really well and I am looking forward to playing for him.”

Boyd had a 2.23 earned run average his junior season and was 8-3 on the mound in 13 appearances while clocking 72.1 innings. He pitched four complete games and limited the opposition to just 36 runs (23 earned) while striking out 79. He recorded 11-strikeout games twice; once against West Point on March 27 and against Starkville in a 4-0 win on May 4, 2012.

“Northeast is a good program,” explained New Hope High School head coach (Lee) Boyd. “I think he is going to do a great job at Northeast. He has done a great job here for us in high school and I am proud for him as a brother and as a coach for him to move on.”

Boyd held the opposition to a .201 batting average while hitting .233 from the plate with a .317 on base percentage with 21 hits and 13 runs batted in.

“He is just another great player from a quality school and was coached by a exceptional coach,” Farris added. “We got just what we needed on the opening day of signing with a pitcher and he will definitely be an asset to our program.”