Northeast’s Farris upbeat about spring

By David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

As evidenced by the World Series this week, baseball can hold its own in Fall.

Northeast Miss Community CollegeArea junior colleges have concluded their 2013 Fall schedules, including the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers.

The reigning North Division champions have concluded their six weeks of fall ball, leaving veteran head coach Kent Farris upbeat about 2014 despite graduation losses.

“I think we accomplished what we needed,” said Farris, whose Tigers were 30-18 in the spring. “The main thing now is to get in the weight room and get ready for the grind of spring.”

Among returning sophomores, Farris mentioned the fall play of Riley Alef from New Albany, Luke Stanley from Lafayette, and Heath Wood from Kossuth.

From the 36-man fall roster, Farris touted the play of freshmen Colby Williams and Trent Turner from Brandon, Ben Foster from New Albany, Cody Dillard from East Union, Landon Boyd from New Hope, Josh Peterson from Columbus, and Scott Palo and Caleb Goff from Hernando.

Northeast went 2-2 in matchups against East Central, Meridian, Baton Rouge (La.), and Faulkner State (Ala.).

Itawamba

It might be safe to classify the Itawamba Indians as rebuilding, coming off a 23-23 effort from the spring that included an 11th-straight playoff appearance.

“All around, we’re a young group,” head coach Rick Collier said. “We’ll have six to seven new faces in the lineup as compared to last year.

“But this group seems very hungry.”

Collier favored the play this fall of sophomores Ben Aldridge from Tupelo, Ethan Gill from Pontotoc, Drew Wheeler from Mooreville, and Austin Welch from Hamilton.

Incoming freshmen who contributed this fall included Tanner Poole from Amory, Luke Gibbs from Oxford, Russ Johnson from Hatley, and Brice Williams from Ridgeland.

Itawamba went 2-2 during the fall against Dyersburg State (Tenn.), Bossier Parrish (La.), and Jones County.