Itawamba Community College had a pair of its baseball standouts take advantage of the NCAA Early Signing Period by inking national letters of intent on the first day of the week-long event. Starting pitcher Joseph Koon of Tupelo signed with NCAA division one program, Southeastern Louisiana, while one of his former Golden Wave teammates, outfielder Channing Walker, signed with Blue Mountain College.
Koon was a second team all-state selection a year ago after posting 8-2 record with a 3.28 ERA. In addition, the right-hander completed five of his 14 starts, including a no-hitter against East Central, struck out 54, gave up just 61 hits in 68 1/3 innings and opponents hit just .236 against him in 259 official at-bats.
“I’m excited about getting a chance to pitch at the D l level,” said Koon, whose older brother Jared was an all-American pitcher at ICC and signed with Mississippi State. “I think it’s a perfect fit for me and now I can relax and concentrate on trying to win another state championship here at ICC.”
Walker hit .341 in 24 games, in which he started in 12 of those during his freshman campaign for the state champion Indians. When you combine his 10 walks and three hit by pitches, the right handed hitter sported a .491 on-base percentage.
“There were quite a few pluses signing with Blue Mountain,” said Walker, who played alongside Koon this past summer at an all-star baseball classic in Hawaii. “I like going somewhere where I can play right away and it’s close to home so a lot of my friends and family can see me play.”
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