High School Sports

14 South Mississippi baseball standouts named to MAC All-State teams

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD 
 George County pitcher Walker Robbins rears back to throw against Madison Central on Wednesday in the MHSAA State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD George County pitcher Walker Robbins rears back to throw against Madison Central on Wednesday in the MHSAA State Baseball Championships at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Fourteen of South Mississippi's brightest baseball stars were recently honored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

With the state championships going on in Pearl, the MAC released each classification's first and second team selections.

Five Coast players were first teamers, with eight landing on second teams.

George County's Walker Robbins earned the biggest recognition as he was named Class 6A's Player of the Year.

Robbins helped lead the Rebels to back-to-back state championship appearances (Class 5A in 2015 and 6A in '16) as a two-way standout. He hit .477 with 13 extra-base hits and a .600 on-base percentage. The southpaw also posted an 8-2 record with a 0.67 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings.

Class 6A

Teammate Kyle Whittington landed on the 6A second team after posting a 5-0 record with a 0.85 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.

Other 6A honorees included: Gulfport's Alex Nelms, D'Iberville's Luther Woullard and Biloxi's Trey Shaffer on the first team, and Gulfport's Kevin Carter, Hancock's Landon Jordan, D'Iberville's Andrew Bird and Ocean Springs' Tate Pepper on the second team.

Nelms, a Southern Miss signee, hit .360 and was the Admirals' ace, posting a 6-2 record and 0.36 ERA. Carter flashed plenty of speed, hitting .373 with six extra-base hits and 14 stolen bases.

Woullard was one of the top batters on the coast, hitting .379 with three homers, eight doubles and eight stolen bases. Bird was a bulldog on the mound for the Warriors, with a 5-3 record and 0.82 ERA.

Shaffer took a big step forward as a junior, hitting .358 with 10 doubles and eight stolen bases.

Jordan was an absolute slugger for the Hawks, hitting .486 with 34 hits, 17 RBIs, six doubles, four triples and one homer. He also boasted a .728 slugging percentage and stole 14 bases.

Pepper was one of the more complete catchers on the Coast in 2016. Reliable behind the plate, he also hit .316 with 15 RBIs.

Class 5A

Donaldson did a little bit of everything for West Harrison. Not only did he hit .396 with 24 RBIs and 13 doubles, the sophomore was also 5-1 on the mound with a 1.93 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 69 innings.

Inlow was a driving force for the Panthers' offense, hitting .406 with 12 extra-base hits and 26 RBIs.

Hickman was reliable for PRC, hitting .292 with 15 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage in the middle infield. He also stole eight bases and earned three wins on the mound.

Class 3A, 4A

Bradley hit .408 for SSC, good enough for fourth on the Coast. He was also second on the Coast with 28 RBIs and earned four wins with a 0.93 ERA.

Sliman was a big part of St. Patrick's success in 2016. The senior hit .470 with 11 extra-base hits and a .531 on-base percentage.

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