BOONEVILLE, Miss. – One of Booneville’s native sons has returned home to help the Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball team.
Jon Andy Scott, son of former Tiger baseball coach Ray Scott, will don the black and gold once again as the Booneville native helps guide the Northeast pitching staff.
He replaces Jake Mills, who accepted an assistant coaching position at South Panola High School during the offseason.
“We hate to lose Jake. He did an outstanding job for us,” said Northeast head coach Kent Farris. “But we’re tickled to death to get somebody of the quality of Jon Andy. He’s a good person, has a great family and we’re excited about the things to come.
“Anytime we get someone with Division I experience and has been in this program, it’s a plus.”
Scott finished his playing career with two seasons with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford after putting on the Northeast uniform during the 2009 season.
“Things have kind of come full circle for me,” Scott said. “I got to play my first college game for coach Farris and I’ll get to coach my first game with coach Farris. That’s an exciting thing.”
In his senior year with the Rebels, Scott made nine relief appearances and posted a 0.77 earn run average and was a part of three shutouts for the Rebels during the 2012 season.
Scott tossed 11.2 innings during the Booneville native’s final year in Oxford and did not allow an earn run until his final appearance on the mound against Arkansas State on May 15, 2012.
Scott fanned five against one walk while allowing just three runs – one earned and was a part of shutouts against the University of Houston on March 10, 2012, Jackson State University on March 27, 2012 and the University of Central Arkansas on April 10, 2012.
In his junior season in Oxford, Scott made two relief appearances for Ole Miss – opening his Rebel career with a scoreless inning of relief against Austin Peay on March 2, 2011 where the former Northeast Tiger struck out three and walked one.
Scott also made a relief appearance later in the season for Mike Bianco’s club coming on against Southeast Missouri State on May 17, 2011.
However, Scott was a steward in the classroom as well during his time at Northeast and with the University of Mississippi.
At the culmination of his junior year, Scott was named to the Southeastern Conference’s Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Scott was one of 61 University of Mississippi Rebels and Lady Rebels to receive the honor but was one of only 10 Rebel baseball players that were selected for inclusion on the list.
As a member of the 2009 Tiger baseball team, Scott was one of seven Northeast baseball players to be inducted into the Northeast Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society along with Wheeler’s Neal Tice, Kossuth’s Patrick Hinton, Tishomingo County’s Seth Kennedy, Pontotoc’s Nick McGregor, Lafayette County’s Jake Mills and Clinton’s Phillip Chapman.
For inclusion into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Scott had to attain a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale just to join and maintain a 3.25 GPA to remain in good standing with the organization throughout his time at Northeast.
During his 2009 season with the Tigers, Scott led Northeast to a 33-14 record and a 17-7 mark in the North Division and helped lead the Tiger baseball team to a North Division runner-up finish.
Northeast also hosted the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) State baseball playoffs during Scott’s time with the Tigers.
Scott appeared in 11 games for the Tigers in 2009 and threw 49 innings allowing just 19 earned runs while striking out 46 and allowing 22 walks.
Scott, who was sidelined in 2008 after having Tommy John surgery, posted a 6-4 mark during his only year at Northeast and had a 2.71 earn run average.
Scott ended his collegiate career with a 5-4 overall record and a 3.63 earn run average that included a 0.77 earn run average during his senior season at Ole Miss.
Scott was a part of 21 games in three years for the Tigers and the Rebels with 10 coming for the Tigers while tossing 56.2 innings and allowing just 23 runs, no home runs and struck out 52 batters against just 25 walks.
Prior to his time at Northeast, Scott lettered at Booneville High School under the tutelage of Bo Sandlin and batted .445 as a senior in 2007 while sporting a .78 ERA on the mound in 45 innings pitched.
Scott, who was a two-time Region 1-3A First Team All-Division pitcher, also has clocked time with the Jackson 96’ers and the Tallahatchie Rascals of the Cotton States Baseball League.
On the Net (video): Jon Andy Scott talks about joining the NEMCC coaching staff: http://youtu.be/78KXFemVu5M