POPLARVILLE – Rhyne Hughes said he had two goals when he was a baseball standout at Pearl River Community College in the mid-2000s
Pearl River Community College hosted some 65 high school girls in graades 9-12, along with several members of the 2016 Lady Wildcat team, at its annual High School Soccer Team camp at the PRCC Sports Complex.
The girls overcame the hot weather to work on improving skills such as passing, dribbling, shooting and defending.
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.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has officially named Michael Avalon as its new head baseball coach.
Avalon, 34, was hired as head coach on June 3, and was approved Thursday at the PRCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting on the school’s main campus. He was chosen from a field of 35 applicants.
Avalon has been the head coach at Mississippi Delta Community College the past five seasons, taking the Trojans to the MACJC playoffs four times, and was an assistant coach at East Central Community College for five seasons prior to taking the job at MDCC.