Tickets are selling briskly for A Night with Inky Johnson, presented by Pearl River Community College Baseball, but plenty of tickets remain available.
Johnson is a former football player for the University of Tennessee who suffered a serious injury while playing for the Volunteers in 2006 that left him with partially paralyzed and in constant pain.
The first pitch of the 2017 baseball season is approximately two months away, and first-year Pearl River Community College coach Michael Avalon has a busy preseason planned for the Wildcats.
Avalon is most excited about bringing in Inky Johnson for a speaking engagement on the PRCC campus.
Pearl River Community College baseball coach Michael Avalon greeted his inaugural Wildcat team, and their families, Sunday afternoon in a meet-and-greet session at Wildcat Stadium.
Avalon, who came to PRCC after five seasons as the head coach at Mississippi Delta, told the gathering that he is where he always wanted to be as a coach.
“I came here when I was at Holmes for a region in 2001, 2002, and I thought, “now this is a baseball atmosphere,’” Avalon said. “I said, ‘this is where I want to end up.’ This is my dream job.”
Pearl River Community College will host a two developmental leagues this fall for young baseball players.
These will be month-long camps that will feature evaluation, instruction and competitive games. Wildcat coaches and players, led by head coach Michael Avalon, will teach and evaluate players throughout the course of the league.
Pearl River Community College will host a Fall Developmental League for players who will be entering junior high grades (7-9) this fall.
This will be a month-long camp that will feature evaluation, instruction and competitive games. The camp will begin Sept. 6 with a practice and evaluation period with members of the PRCC coaching staff.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will host a second baseball showcase and tryout session on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Wildcat Stadium on the PRCC campus.
A showcase earlier this month on the PRCC campus drew approximately 55 high-school and recently-graduated players.
The tryout is open to any players entering grades 9-12 this fall. College and professional scouts will be on hand to observe.
POPLARVILLE – Rhyne Hughes said he had two goals when he was a baseball standout at Pearl River Community College in the mid-2000s
POPLARVILLE – Former Pearl River Community College baseball standout Zach Clark has reportedly signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Haudricourt reported Tuesday in a blog post that Clark was one of three players taken in the Major League Baseball draft who recently signed contracts with the Brewers.
POPLARVILLE – A trio of Pearl River Community College baseball players have signed letters of intent to continue their playing careers at four-year programs.
Sophomores John Carter Sanner and Carter Hankins both signed to play for Northwestern State (La.), while freshman Peyton Lee signed with Southern Miss.
Sanner, a right-handed pitcher out of Oak Grove, was 3-4 as a freshman in 2015, with a 5.08 earned-run average. He had 44 strikeouts and 18 walks in 51 1/3 innings. As a sophomore in 2016, he was 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 71 2/3 innings.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College will host a baseball showcase and tryout session on Wednesday, July 6, at Wildcat Stadium on the PRCC campus.
The tryout is open to all recently-graduated seniors who have not signed with another college, and the showcase is open to any players entering grades 9-12 this fall.
Head coach Michael Avalon and his staff will put participants through a complete series of drills, including 60-yard-dash times, batting practice, throwing, hitting and fielding fungos, fielding ground balls and fly balls, and bullpen time for pitchers.