POPLARVILLE – Two Pearl River Community College baseball sophomores have signed college scholarship offers to continue their careers at the next level.
First baseman Simon Landry has signed with the University of Houston, while right-handed pitcher Colby White signed with Mississippi State. Both signed Wednesday during the first day of the week-long early signing period for all NCAA sports except football.
Landry, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Ponchatoula (La.) High School, led the Wildcats in most offensive categories in the 2017 season, helping PRCC (29-20) reach the semifinal round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.
Landry led the team with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs, 13 doubles, 45 runs and he had team highs in hits and at-bats (52 of 173) for a .301 batting average.
“On my visits to the (Houston) campus, I just felt like they had need for me,” Landry said. “I felt like they really wanted me. I’m super-excited to be signing.”
White, a 6-foot, 180-pounder from Foxworth who played for West Marion High School, was 6-3 with five saves for the Wildcats this past spring, emerging as the ace of the PRCC staff.
White had a 2.43 earned-run average, 62 strikeouts and 25 walks in 55 2/3 innings. He earned the victory in relief in Pearl River’s 5-4, 10-inning upset of No. 1-ranked Jones County in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Ellisville.
“I really loved the new stadium (renovations at Dudy Noble Field), and their coaches really sold me on the program,” said White. “Plus, it’s a little bit closer to home than some of the other schools I was looking at.”
Pearl River Community College pitcher Colby White (left) and first baseman Simon Landry signed college scholarship offers Wednesday in a signing ceremony at the Poplarville campus.