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Several local high school baseball, and softball, players will play at the next level upon graduation. Here are those that signed LOI on Thursday: 

Tyler Ducksworth

The South Jones shortstop and RHP signed his LOI with Jones College Thursday morning at South Jones High School. 

Here are Ducksworth’s stats last year for the Braves as a junior: .273 (BA), 21 hits (2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs), 21 RBI, 25 runs scored, .898 fielding percentage, 3.36 ERA, 1-2 on the mound in 8 appearances.

Quote from Ducksworth: “I had quite a few options, JUCO wise, and a few D1 offers, but my decision to go to Jones is because its close to home and they’ve been watching me since the 9th grade, so I had a good relationship with the coaches already. The players that are coming in [at Jones], I feel like I can play well with and contribute right off the bat. Playing time was a factor as well. I feel like I can come in and play right away.”

Quote from South Jones head coach Jordan Rogers: “Ducksworth has been in the mix with us for four years now. He came on board as a ninth-grader and hit in the middle of the order. He was an All-State player that year. And he’s done the same good things for us each and every year. On top of being a great player, he has great character. To see that all in the same player is exciting.”

Garrett McLaurin

The West Jones second baseman signed his LOI with Southwest Community College Thursday morning at West Jones High School. 

Here are McLaurin’s stats last year for the Mustangs as a junior: .309 (BA), 25 hits (3 doubles), 19 RBI, 21 runs scored, .946 fielding percentage.

Quote from McLaurin: “It an amazing feeling to see all your work pay off. There is no greater feeling. I had a few offers. I had an offer from Meridian and of course the offer from Southwest. I also had a few other schools that showed interest in me. But I visited Southwest, and it felt right.”

Quote from West Jones head coach Trey Sutton: “Garrett came to us from LCS last year. I told him and his parents when he came here that I wasn’t sure on where exactly he would fit in. But he’s that kid who worked himself into a spot in our lineup and did so well that you couldn’t take him out. Last year he had so many big hits for us. The thing about Garrett is that he wants to be good so bad and that’s helped him get to the point he is now.”

Kris Riley 

The West Jones centerfielder and LHP signed his LOI with Pearl River Community College Thursday morning at West Jones High School. 

Here are Riley’s stats last year for the Mustangs as a junior: .333 (BA), 32 hits (7 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs), 26 RBI, 27 runs scored, .964 fielding percentage, 4.16 ERA, 4-1 on the mound in 11 appearances, 53 strikeouts.

Quote from Riley: “Today feels good. I’m pumped about going to PRCC. We have a good recruiting class. I liked all the guys and coaches there.”

Quote from West Jones head coach Trey Sutton: “Kris is talented. He decided in the offseason of his sophomore year that he was going to get stronger. You can see it on him last year and this year. He’s going to be an exciting player to watch, both on the mound and swinging the bat.”

Patrick Little

The Northeast Jones RHP signed his LOI with Hinds Community College Thursday morning at Northeast Jones High School. 

Here are Little’s stats last year for the Tigers as a junior: .442 (BA), 23 hits (5 doubles, 3 home runs), 20 RBI, 20 runs scored, .988 fielding percentage (as a first baseman), 1.81 ERA, 7-2 on the mound in 11 appearances, 58 strikeouts.

Quote from Little: “I’ve looked forward to signing a baseball scholarship since I was a kid, and to have the opportunity is a dream come true. What drew me to Hinds was the no-nonsense style of drive that Coach Temple has; that’s the way the game is played successfully. Also, the resources they have, like as a strength and conditioning coach; as well as an active academic counselor really appealed to me. I grew up in Brandon and have family in the area, so it’s like coming home to be honest.”

Quote from Northeast Jones head coach Jeremy Parker: “Patrick has not only excelled on the baseball field but has displayed character and leadership on our team. He has been a real asset for our program.”

Andrew Nix

The Stringer shortstop and RHP signed his LOI with Jones College Thursday afternoon at Stringer High School. 

Here are Nix’s stats last year for the Red Devils as a junior: .239 (BA), 22 hits, 18 RBI, 26 runs scored, .915 fielding percentage, 3.47 ERA, 2-2 on the mound in 10 appearances, 31 strikeouts.

Quote from Nix: “I’m happy to be able to further my baseball career. I want to give all the glory to God. I could not have done it without Him. As for picking Jones, I felt like that was the best choice for me.”

Quote from Stringer head coach Wade Weathers: “Andrew won some big games for us on the mound. And he held down shortstop for us all year. He’s very versatile for us in the infield, he can play short, and he can play second, depending on the pitcher we have on the mound. He does what you ask him to do. He never complains, and he’s accepted whatever role we’ve given him. He’s an outstanding pitcher for us with outstanding control. He has three pitches and throws them all for strikes. That will help him be an asset down the road.”

Conner Hicks

The Stringer shortstop and RHP signed his LOI with East Central Community College Thursday afternoon at Stringer High School. 

Here are Nix’s stats last year for the Red Devils as a junior: .239 (BA), 22 hits, 18 RBI, 26 runs scored, .915 fielding percentage, 3.47 ERA, 2-2 on the mound in 10 appearances, 31 strikeouts.

Quote from Nix: “I’m happy to be able to further my baseball career. I want to give all the glory to God. I could not have done it without Him. 

Quote from Stringer head coach Wade Weathers: “You can look at Conner and tell he’s a baseball player. He’s 6’3 and 185 pounds. He can run, and he has a lot of tools. He has a really good arm, and he’s probably our top pitcher. Last year, especially in the playoffs, he threw outstanding for us. He’s given us a lot of quality innings. As a hitter, he hits for power. I look for him to do both at the next level. He’s an all-around good athlete and a humble player.”

Ayma Stevens

The Northeast Jones Lady Tiger RHP signed her LOI with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday morning at Northeast Jones High School. 

Here are Steven’s stats last year for the Lady Tigers as a junior: .317 (BA), 20 hits (3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs), 19 RBI, 12 runs scored, 1.000 fielding percentage, 2.62 ERA, 13-8 on the mound in 23 appearances, 118 strikeouts.

Quote from Northeast Jones head coach Melanie Cavenaugh: “She’s an amazing pitcher, but an even better person, leader, and teammate.” (via Twitter post)

*Stats from MaxPreps.com

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