Seven River baseball standouts headed to senior college programs

            POPLARVILLE --- Seven Pearl River Community College baseball standouts are headed to senior college programs, including pitchers Ryan Deemes, Brandon Fry, and Christian Talley; outfielders Darius Knight and Braxton Lee, infielder Paul Pickerrell, and catcher-slugger Krisjon Wilkerson.
Deemes, who prepped at Holy Cross High in Chalmette, La., signed with Nicholls State (La.), a Division I university in Thidodeaux, La. He sported an impressive 9-3 record in 68.1 innings on the mound in 2013. Deemes, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right hander, was a second-team All-MACJC selection.
            Fry, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound left hander out of Nease High in Jacksonville, Fla., has signed with the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrapped 2013 with a perfect 5-0 mound record and boasted a team-best 2.40 earned-run average, striking out 51 batters in 48.2 innings of mound work. In addition, he also lead the squad with six saves. Fry, who transferred to The River from Northwest Florida State, a community college in Okaloosa, Fla., was a second-team All-MACJC selection, as well as an 18th-round selection by the San Diego Padres in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Talley, a 6-foot-four, 190-pound right hander out of Hancock County High, also signed with USM and led the Wildcat squad with 92.2 innings of mound action and recorded 92 strikeouts over that stretch. He finished the season with a 9-5 record and second-best 2.62 earned-run average. Talley was a first-team All-MACJC selection, as well as a 26th-round selection by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the MLB Draft.
Knight, who transferred to PRCC from Holmes CC in Goodman, also signed with Nicholls State. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Pearl High recruit batted .311 this past spring with a .408 on-base percentage, scored a team-high 55 runs, and was third on the squad with 37 runs batted in. His .981 fielding percentage in right field --- second-best on the team --- earned him the Region XXIII Gold Glove Award. Knight was a second-team All-MACJC selection.
Lee, who is headed Ole Miss, was a two-year starter in center for head coach Josh Hoffpauir and led the team in batting average and on-base percentage with .406 and .502 marks, respectively. His 37 stolen bases was also a team high, while his 11 doubles were third-best on the squad. Lee, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound recruit out of Picayune High, also boasted a third-best .970 fielding percentage and was named to the All-Region XXIII and first-team All-MACJC selection.
Pickerrell, who transferred to The River from Volunteer State CC (Tenn.), signed with head coach Hill Denson’s Belhaven Blazers in Jackson. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound switch hitter batted .371 and sported a .478 on-base percentage --- both second-best marks on the squad --- in 2013. Pickerrell, who prepped at John Hardin High in Elizabethtown, Ky., had a .920 fielding percentage at his second base position and was a first-team All-MACJC selection.
Wilkerson will suit up for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2014 after being named an NJCAA All-American (second team) and copping All-Region XXIII and first-team All-MACJC honors in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound St. Stanislaus recruit led with Wildcats with 11 home runs this past spring, while batting .341 and sporting a third-best .477 on-base percentage. In addition, he also led the team with 14 doubles and boasted a .972 fielding percentage at this catcher’s position.

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