ECCC baseball players competing in summer leagues

- Former Bayside pitcher Thomas Boothe one of eight Warriors on the road across country


DECATUR, Miss. — Several rising sophomores on the East Central Community College Warrior baseball team are

sharpening their skills this summer by participating in collegiate baseball leagues around the country.

Eight Warriors are playing summer league ball in five states, from North Dakota to Kentucky.

“Having this many players who are off competing in collegiate wooden bat leagues just attributes to

the type of players they are and the level of commitment they have to the sport of baseball,” said

ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman. “We are thrilled that these young men were willing to go

off and play as we strive to provide every opportunity for players to develop.”

Right-handed pitcher Thomas Boothe out of Bayside Academy in Daphne is playing for the Griffons in

Nevada, Mo., a member of the MINK Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The MINK League has eight

teams in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Left-handed pitcher Chance Shepherd out of Lucedale and George County High School is playing for

the Railroaders in Fulton, Ky., a member of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The

Ohio Valley League has eight teams in Kentucky and Indiana.

Two Warriors were recently selected to play in the Expedition League All-Star Game. The league

sponsors eight teams in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Catcher Alex Hay, who prepped at Lewisburg High School, and infielder Anderson Shelley from

Washington School in Greenville will play for the Lewis Division in the Expedition League All-Star

Game July 2 in Hastings, Neb.

Hay, who is playing for the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs in Minot, N.D., is batting .303 with five doubles,

three home runs, and 19 RBI.

Shelley, who is playing for the Hub City Hot Shots in Aberdeen, S.D., is hitting .372 with 10 doubles

and 11 RBI.

Outfielder Ken Scott of Clarkdale is also playing in the Expedition League with the Pierre Trappers out

of Pierre, S.D.

Three ECCC Warriors are playing closer to home in the Cotton States Baseball League. Right-handed

pitcher Austin Braswell out of Presbyterian Christian in Hattiesburg, outfielder Dakota Kennedy from

Philadelphia and Choctaw Central High School, and right-handed pitcher Woody Vowell from

Ackerman and Choctaw County High School are all playing for the Tallahatchie Rascals in New Albany.

The Cotton States League has six teams, all playing in Mississippi.