The Coast will have plenty of standouts on hand this summer for the Mississippi Association of Coaches' all-star baseball games.
The annual Crossroads Diamond Club D.M. Howie All-Star Baseball Games are broken into three matchups -- a 1A/2A game, a 3A/4A game and a 5A/6A game -- with eight South Mississippi players and two coaches suiting up.
East Central's Dylan Hall and Logan Walters will play in the 3A/4A game at 2 p.m. June 4, with their coach, Bo Long, leading the South squad.
Pearl River Central's Neil Walthers will help lead the 5A/6A squad, which plays at 5 p.m. He'll have plenty of familiar faces at his disposal as West Harrison's Colby Cagle, PRC's Anthony Hickman, Gulfport's Alex Nelms, Biloxi's Elijah Nelson, George County's Walker Robbins and Ocean Springs Drew Windham are all expected to participate.
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The three games, with 1A/2A set for 11 a.m., will be played at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
Hall has been East Central's ace this year, posting a 4-1 record with a 1.87 ERA heading into Tuesday night's action. He's also racked up 35 strikeouts in 30 winnings. Walters has been steady at the plate, hitting .357 with 16 RBIs, two doubles and a homer.
Cagle is hitting .278 for West Harrison with 15 runs scored, five stolen bases and a .381 on-base percentage. He's also been plunked six times. Hickman has been reliable on the mound with a 2-0 record and a 1.35 ERA, but he's really done damage at the plate. The senior is hitting .370 with 17 runs scored and nine RBIs. He has also stolen five bases.
Nelms, a Southern Miss signee, has become a reliable two-way player for the Admirals. He's hitting .357 with two homers, seven doubles and 13 RBIs to lead Gulfport's offense, but he's also 4-2 with a 0.64 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters in 32 2/3 innings.
Nelson is a table setter for the Indians with a .317 average to go along with 19 runs scored and a .427 OBP. He's also among the Coast's leaders with nine stolen bases.
Like Nelms, Robbins and Windham are among the better two-way players in Mississippi this season.
Robbins, a Mississippi State signee and the consensus top MLB draft prospect in the state this year, is hitting .361 with two homers, a .531 OBP and a .611 slugging percentage. On the mound, the southpaw is 3-1 with a 0.68 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.
Windham is hitting .325 with 13 RBIs, a .472 OBP and .475 slugging percentage. Although he's 1-4 on the mound, Windham has a 1.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings.