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Rangers Land Six on MACJC All-State Baseball Team
May 15, 2012By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
JACKSON – The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) announced its 2012 All-State Team late Monday afternoon after a vote by the leagues head coaches, with a total of six Northwest Ranger baseball players being rewarded for their outstanding play this spring.
Northwest was led by MACJC First Team All-State selections Dex Herrington (OF), Bradley Noland (2B), Jeremy Carlisle (OF) and Cody Reed (LHP) while second team honors went to Jeremy Massie (LHP) and Colt Burns (LHP).
Noland, Carlisle and Herrington were all repeat selections from a year ago and ranked 1-3 at the end of the season in batting average.
Noland became just the third Ranger in school history to win back-to-back batting titles, tying for it a year ago, and winning it outright this year after hitting .362 and leading the team in hits (55), doubles (10), triples (three), runs scored (42) and walks (16). In league play, Noland hit an impressive .450 (36-for-80) and carried a .494 on-base percentage.
Carlisle hit .345 this season with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 31 RBIs, doing a majority of his work in league play. Against north division opponents, Carlisle hit .431 with eight multi-hit games and a .646 slugging percentage.
Herrington became the 18th Ranger in school history to reach 100 career hits, launching a solo home run against Hinds in the state playoff series to hit the milestone. He hit .343 on the year with a team-leading eight home runs and 32 RBIs and also added eight doubles and 18 stolen bases.
Cody Reed went 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in his debut season, the first Ranger frosh since 2000 to have seven wins or more in a season. Reed tossed five complete games, including three shutouts, striking out a team-high 65 in 64.1 innings of work.
Massie fought through an injury at the early part of the season to finish the year 4-2 with a 3.57 ERA and three complete games in his seven starts. Massie struck out 46 against 13 walks in 47 innings of work.
Burns finished a strong sophomore campaign at 6-3 overall with a 3.07 ERA in 12 appearances, tossing two complete games. Burns struck out 54 in 59.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .239 average.
Northwest closed the year 25-23 overall and 16-8 in north division play (second), losing in the opening round of the state playoffs to eventual state champion Hinds.