Two South Jones baseball standouts signed LOI (Letter of Intent) on Wednesday.
Senior right-hander Max Sharp signed with Meridian Community College, while senior right-hander Reid Golemon signed with Pearl River Community College.
“Both of them are blue-collar type guys,” said South Jones head coach Jordan Rogers. “They’re also guys of high character. We’re now seeing the fruits of their labor, guys who’ve pitched in big games and guys we’ve relied heavily upon. And as you know, that is where games are won and lost.
“They’ve had more success than they’ve had failures, and because of that, they have colleges who are willing to pay for their schooling. We couldn’t be more proud of them in the way they’ve represented our program.”
Sharp finished his junior season 7-3 on the mound, supporting a 1.46 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched. The side-arm slinger allowed only 11 earned runs on 31 hits in 206 batters faced. Sharp struck out 55 batters and allowed just 18 walks.
“Sharp had a great year for us [last season],” said Rogers. “He pitched two no-hitters to go with his already good numbers. He’s going to help Meridian out a lot. They’re losing a guy that’s similar to Sharp with his underneath motion. They hope to bring Sharp in to fill that void.”
“Meridian was the second place I visited,” said Sharp. “I liked Meridian’s coaching staff and campus. I felt like its far enough away from home to get away and close enough to visit home. I like their baseball program and know a few guys that have played there before.”
Golemon, who signed with PRCC, sat out the majority of his junior season due to an injury. A few weeks ago in a baseball showcase, Golemon was clocked in the high 80’s and was offered by several JUCO colleges on the spot.
“Reid was hurt last year and had some issues with his arm,” said Rogers. “Luckily, he didn’t need surgery. But [those issues last season] planted a seed in him. At the end of the season and through the summer he gained weight and fell in love with the weight room. Through the summer and into fall ball he has increased his velocity. And that caught everyone’s eye because velocity on the mound trumps everything. I know all of this will give him some confidence.”
“I loved the area and loved the coaching staff [at PRCC],” Golemon said. “They have a good weight program and a good program in the past. I just wanted to be a part of it.”
Sharp, Golemon, Rogers and the rest of South Jones baseball team will begin the 2018 season on February 23 against Gulfport in the Biloxi Classic.