East Central Diamond Warrior Chosen in First Round by Chicago White Sox
A career in Major League Baseball is now a reality for East Central Community College baseball standout Tim Anderson who was a first-round selection by the Chicago White Sox and 17th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft Thursday, June 6.
Anderson, the only community college player in the nation who was invited to attend the draft selection program held in New York and shown live on the Major League Baseball Network, said while interviewed following the announcement: “Dreams do come true….never give up.” ECCC head baseball coach Neal Holliman, who was also in attendance for the draft selection program, said of the nation-leading slugger and talented shortstop: “Every one knew that Tim has the ability and is a tremendous athlete, but what I keep informing people, is that his mental make-up is just as outstanding as his ability. We are very proud of Tim, and the contributions he made to our program go way beyond the field of play. We wish him the best and he will always be a great representative of East Central Community College, just as the other draftees that have come before him.” Prior to beginning his two-year standout baseball career at East Central, Anderson was a basketball star at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. However, knee injuries keep him off the court and reintroduced him to his “first love” of playing baseball. After two partial seasons on the diamond, Anderson caught the attention of Coach Holliman who provided the future major leaguer with his only collegiate offer.Regarding his path to success, Anderson was quoted in The Meridian Star: “It wasn’t easy going down my road. I’m very excited I didn’t give up in the beginning. I knew it was going to be a tough road to travel down.” Anderson batted .360 and had four home runs his freshman season. He was also 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts. He received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors following the successful campaign. He continued his success in the 2012 Jayhawk Summer League and hit .380 with eight home runs and more than 30 stolen bases. He was named the number-two Major League Baseball prospect following competition. As a sophomore member on the Diamond Warriors’ 2013 MACJC State Championship squad, Anderson led the nation in batting with a .495 (91-184) average and 62 runs scored while finishing second with 41 stolen bases. The 6-1, 180-pound Anderson collected 10 home runs, 11 triples, 18 doubles and 45 RBIs. He was credited with a .563 on-base percentage and .864 slugging percentage. Anderson was named a First-Team NJCAA Division II All-American and again garnered All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors. He signed with the University of Alabama in Birmingham earlier in the year but is obviously now focused on the Chicago White Sox organization. “I’m very excited to be a White Sox,” Anderson said. “It’s a great organization. I’m just ready to climb the ladder. Everyone says I have a lot of upside, and I do. I’m just going to come in and give it my all and play with everything I got.” The White Sox organization is obviously pleased with Anderson’s selection and included the following statement in a news release: “Tim is a very athletic player who, although we didn’t target a specific position, certainly fits a need in the middle of the diamond,” said Doug Laumann, White Sox director of amateur scouting. “He is an exciting top-of-the-order type player who is a game-changer with great ability to create offense at a key position on the field. Tim was the best player available, and we couldn’t be more happy.” Anderson is the fifth Diamond Warrior selected in the Major League Draft since 2009, as he follows ZeErika McQueen, Daniel Eichelberger, Donnie Tabb and Carlos Leal. “With Tim’s selection, this gives the Diamond Warriors more draftees in the last five years any other MACJC school,” said Coach Holliman.
ECCC's Tim Anderson Named NJCAA All-American
Accolades continue for Major League Baseball prospect and former East Central Community College Diamond Warrior Tim Anderson who was selected a 2013 NJCAA Division II Baseball All-American, according to the NJCAA Web site. Anderson, who is projected to be a first-round selection in the MLB Draft scheduled Thursday, June 6, is the only player from a Mississippi community college selected a First Team NJCAA Division II All-American. He earlier received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State recognition for the second straight year and is among top nominees for 2013 NJCAA Division II Baseball Player of the Year. Anderson led the nation in batting with a .495 average. He belted 10 home runs, 11 triples and 18 doubles, and was among the top run producers with 45 RBIs. He finished second in stolen bases with 41 and led in runs scored with 62. The talented shortstop was also selected most valuable player on the Diamond Warriors’ 2013 MACJC State Championship squad. Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. EC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer, Jack Edmonson and Slater Lott.
Baseball Tryouts Have Been Rescheduled
East Central Baseball open tryouts have been rescheduled forTuesday, May 14th, at 4:00 p.m. Tryouts are for any 2013 and undergraduates that have finished their current season.Tryouts for all 2013 graduates will be free of charge, but undergraduates will be required to pay a 30 dollar showcase fee. In case of bad weather, please call Neal Holliman 601-635-6374 or Justin Brewer 601-635-6226.
The Warriors will begin their quest to win the MACJC State Tournament Thursday, May 9th, at 4:00. The Warriors will take on the Tigers of Northeast MS CC in one 9 inning game. The State Tournament is a four team double elimination tournament lasting through Saturday. For more details about the tournament click on the title "MACJC STate Tournament" to see the complete tournament bracket.
EC Sophomore Diamond Warriors Honored
Sophomores on the 2013 East Central Community College baseball team received special recognition prior to the doubleheader sweep of Hinds Community College in the regular season finale held Friday, April 26 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. Each sophomore was introduced at home plate and joined by family members for the special presentation. Honorees were also presented a framed copy of several photos. Sophomores include (seated from left) Rubert Alcantara, Dominican Republic; Tim Anderson, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Blake Dubuisson, Long Beach; Xavier Franklin, Decatur; Fernando Gonzalez, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Robert Greer, Philadelphia; Kyle Henson, Weir; Kalik May, Northport, Ala.; Brady McBride, Laurel; Caleb McKee, Philadelphia; Jordan Mixon, Maben; Ryan Shotts, Louisville; Severino Signa, Stoneville; Terrance Steele, Philadelphia; and Mitchell Wooten, Carthage. Standing next to the Alcantara is Levi Holliman, son of Diamond Warrior head coach Neal Holliman. The Diamond Warriors went 26-19 overall and finished second in the MACJC South Division with a 17-7 record. EC will serve as host for a best-of-three series with Mississippi Delta Community College (24-18, 14-10) scheduled May 3-4 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Winners of the playoff series advance to the MACJC State Baseball Tournament set May 9-11.
Diamond Warrior Gonzalez Continuing Career
Continuing his career on the university level is East Central Community College standout pitcher Fernando Gonzalez (center) who is shown signing a national letter of intent with the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The right-hander from Puerto Rico is 8-3 on the mound prior to post-season play and has two saves. He has posted a 3.88 earned run average. Gonzalez is with Diamond Warrior assistant Justin Brewer (left) and head coach Neal Holliman. (EC Photo)
Tim Anderson Receives NJCAA Player of the Week Honors
East Central Community College sophomore shortstop Tim Anderson has been selected NJCAA Division II Player of the Week for his performance in matchups with Copiah-Lincoln Community College March 26 and MS Gulf Coast Community College on March 29.The Diamond Warriors went 3-1 in the four games and were led by Anderson who had great success at bat and on the base paths. During his 15 trips to the plate in the two doubleheaders, Anderson posted a .533 (8-for-15) average, which included two triples, two doubles and five RBIs. He also scored six runs and was credited with four stolen bases.Anderson’s two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth provided EC with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap of the MACJC South Division doubleheader held at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. Prior to the national recognition, Anderson was recognized as MACJC Player of the Week for March 25-31, 2013. He currently leads the Diamond Warriors with a .495 batting average, 20 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors following his freshman campaign.Anderson has signed a national letter of intent to continue his career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.The Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
Diamon Warriors Sweep Hinds to Take Over First Place in the South Division
The Warriors went to Raymond Tuesday night to take on Hinds Community College in a South Division doubleheader. Caleb McKee took the mound in game one, throwing 6.2 innings allowing only 4 runs. EC's offense crossed home plate 7 times and was lead by Tim Anderson, Ryan Shotts, Maxwell Harmon and Rubert Alcantara, who combined to be 9-14 at the plate. Severino Signa toed the rubber in game two with another outstanding performance, also throwing 6.2 innings, striking out 7 and allowing 4 runs. Hinds tied the game in the seventh inning at 4, but Deion Ulmer drove in two final runs in the top of the eighth inning to close out the four run inning, which proved to be plenty to win the game 8-4. The Diamond Warriors take over first place in the South with a 9-3 record at the half way point. The Warriors travel to Poplarville Saturday to take on Pearl River with the first pitch at 1:00 P.M.
Warrior Signee Pushes MGM Into First Place
Dylan Little was on fire this week, as he led 6A Area 2 with a .615 average with eight RBIs, as Mary G. Montomery went 3-1.Top honors in the league this week go to the Vikings, which finished with three wins overall, good for best in the league. MGM beat Blount 15-2 and the Leopards 16-0. Montgomery's Little tore up 6A Area 2 this week as he led the league in average, hits and RBIs. Little hit .615 during the week and amassed eight RBIs thanks to eight hits.Little has set a torrid offensive pace for the Vikings, and is first in the league in average, hits and runs batted in. His impressive stat line for the season stands at 22 RBIs and 30 hits to go along with a .476 average.Little drove in four runners as Montgomery defeated Blount 16-0 on Friday. He went 3-for-3 and scored two runs.
Tyler Reeves inks with Warriors
Tyler Reeves, of Northeast Jones in Laurel, MS, signed a letter of intent last week to become the newest member of the 2013-2014 Warrior team. Reeves is joined in the picture by his Mom, Lisa, Dad, Jay, girlfriend Mikaylan Ezell, NE Jones Athletic Director, Keith Braddock, and Head Warrior Baseball Coach Neal Holliman.
ECCC Dedicates Baseball Grandstand Covering in Coach’s Memory
A covering for the baseball grandstand was recently completed at East Central Community College’s Clark/Gay Baseball Complex and a ceremony commemorating completion of the much-needed project was held Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the Decatur campus. The stadium improvement was dedicated in memory of Jamie Clark, who led the Diamond Warrior program from 1988 to 2001. Clark was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor prior to the 2001 season and lost his courageous battle to cancer at age 49 on July 18, 2001. The baseball stadium was named in his honor later that year and his jersey #41 was retired. It was the longtime dream of Coach Clark to provide a cover for the grandstand and his dream became reality thanks to current head coach and former Clark assistant Neal Holliman who along with his staff raised the approximately $30,000 needed to complete the project through various fundraising activities along with private donations. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart is shown speaking during the special ceremony and expressed appreciation for the public’s support of the Diamond Warrior program. Athletic Director Chris Harris also spoke and provided information on Coach Clark’s successful career, which included the program’s first state championship in 1998. He compiled an overall 365-302-1 record and received MACJC Baseball Coach of the Year honors in recognition of the state championship season. Coach Clark was posthumously inducted into the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. The ceremony was followed by the Diamond Warriors’ doubleheader sweep of rival Meridian Community College. EC won both games by 7-6 margins
May Rips Single for EC
Zach May (38) keeps his eye on the ball prior to belting a single for East Central Community College during a non-division battle with Shelton State Community College Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The visitors from Tuscaloosa held on for a 6-3 victory in the nine-inning contest. May was also credited with a RBI and scored a run. He is a former standout at Newton County High School.
Anderson Among Top JUCO Prospects
East Central Community College baseball standout Tim Anderson is included in the list of top 20 prospects in NJCAA competition, according to February/March issue of Baseball America.Anderson, a 6-1 sophomore shortstop, began the 2013 campaign by belting three home runs, two triples, a double and a single in helping lead the Diamond Warriors to a doubleheader sweep (3-0, 8-3) of Southwest (TN) Community College on Feb. 9.He currently (as of Feb. 25, 2013) leads the nation in home runs (five) and is third in batting average (.639). He has also belted three triples and five doubles and is credited with 12 RBIs. Anderson is also rated the top JUCO shortstop.“Tim continues to develop and grown as a person and is a tremendous asset to our program and our college,” said Diamond Warrior head coach Neal Holliman. Anderson received All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State honors following the 2012 campaign. He is a former standout at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa.
Warriors Bring Out the Brooms Opening Day
The East Central Warriors were ready to play opening day as Southwest Tennessee Community College rolled into town. The Warriors took control of game one early, led by Sophomore lefty Caleb McKee, shortstop Tim Anderson, and freshman outfielder Maxwell Harmon. McKee pitched 5 scoreless innings, which set up Mason Woodrow, Severino Signa, and Conner West as they continued the 9 inning shut out. Anderson was a home run away from the cycle in game one and Maxwell Harmon drove in 2 of the 3 RBIs. Blake Dubuisson got his first win of the season in game two of the doubleheader. Dubuisson, a sophomore from Long Beach High School, pitched 5 innings giving up 2 runs and striking out 4. The Warrior offense was again led by Tim Anderson and Kalik May. May posted two hits and an RBI and Anderson had a triple, 3 home runs, and drove in 5 RBIs. The Warrior's next match up is scheduled for Saturday at 12:30 vs Lincoln Land CC at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
2013 Diamond Warrior Signees
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Hitting and Pitching Indoors Camp is here
The East Central Community College Baseball Program is offering a hitting and pitching clinic during Winter 2013 for players ages 6-12. The Pitching Clinic will be held on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The Hitting Clinic will be help from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. each Thursday. The cost will be $100 for the Hitting Clinic and $75 for the Pitching Clinic. Participants can attend both clinics for $150. The deadlline to sidn up is Friday, January 25. Go to our Camps and Showcases page for a printable camp brochure.
Wooten and Signa sign with UWA
Two more East Central Warriors have recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing baseball at the University of West Alabama. Mitchell Wooten, seated on the left, is a right handed pitcher from Edinburg High School. After having an impressive freshman year in 2011, Wooten sat out last season recovery from a torn UCL in his elbow. Severino Signa, also a right handed pitcher from Deer Creek School in Arcola, MS,
Diamond Warriors Continuing Their Careers
(Right to Left)Tim Anderson, Terrance Steele, and Xzavier Franklin were the first Diamond Warriors to sign National Letters of Intent to continue their baseball careers at the university level. Tim Anderson of Tuscaloosa, AL, will be continuing his career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Tim played shortstop for the Warriors in his freshman campaign racking up a .392 batting average while being 30-30 in stolen bases. Anderson was also selected as a Top 20 Prospect in the Jayhawk Collegiete League in Kansas in the summer of 2012. Xavier Franklin and Terrance Steele signed NLIs and will be Delta Devils at Mississippi Valley State University in the fall of 2013. Xzavier played a substantial amount of innings in the outfield for the Warriors in his freshman season. Franklin posted a .292 batting average with 14 RBIs. Xzavier was also selected Player of the Year in Cotton State's Collegiete Summer League this past summer. Franklin is a product of Newton County High School. Terrance Steele also signed a NLI, and will be attending MSVU next fall. Terrance is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia, MS. Steele was one of the Warriors top base runners in 2012, swiping 20 stolen bases on the season.
Xavier Franklin Selected Player of the Year in PSA's Wood Bat League
Xavier Franklin, of Newton County High School, has been selected as 2012 Player of the Year in Performance Sports Academy's Wood Bat League. Franklin's coach Luke Walker said, "Xavier was hands down the best player on my team and is well deserving of the award." Franklin hit .415 with 23 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in the 20 game summer season. Xavier is an outfielder for the Warrior Baseball team. He played a large amount of inning last year racking up a .292 batting average and is expected to continue to produce for the Warriors in their 2013 campaign.
Fall Camp is back! Go to our Camps and Showcases page to register for the 2012 East Central Fall Camp
2012 East Central Baseball Alumni Game
East Central Baseball is hosting a special Alumni Game for former members of the EC Diamond Warrior Baseball Team on September 29th, during Homecoming festivities. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. We will begin the game at 10:45 a.m., and the game will conclude around 12:30 p.m. Showers will be availabel for those who wish to clean up and stay for the remaining homecoming festivities. Participants are invited to stay for Warrior Club tailgating activities scheduled at 1 p.m. at Bailey Stadium and the football game against Hinds Community College, which begins at 2:30 p.m. You can pre-register for the Alumni Game by sending in the registration form listed to the side. If you have any questions please contact Coach Holliman at 601-635-6374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warrior Shortstop Continues to Impact the Jayhawk League
Tim Anderson of Tuscaloosa, AL has continued to put up outstanding numbers in the Jayhawk Summer Collegiate League. Anderson has posted a .352 batting average with 14 doubles, 8 homeruns, and 29 stolen bases. Anderson will be returning next week for his sophomore season as a East Central Diamond Warrior. http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/07/2440807/bob-lutz-dodge-city-shortstop.html
Diamond Warriors Finish Second in Nation in Team GPA
The East Central Diamond Warriors finished second in the nation academically with an overall GPA of 3.37. Although EC Baseball has been ranked several times in the past few years, this is their highest mark so far. The Warriors traditionally set a 3.0 GPA goal per semester, but the 2011-2012 team raised the bar to a 3.2 GPA per semester. Head Coach Neal Holliman said, “Last years group is one of the most intelligent groups of guys I have ever coached. They come from good homes and they are willing to work.” Eighteen of the twenty-six players finished the year with an overall GPA above 3.0, and nine players finished above a 3.7 GPA. Evan Humphries of Louisville High School was awarded an Exemplary Student-Athlete award by the NJCAA for achieving an overall 3.69 GPA. The MACJC also recognized Evan Humphries(3.69 GPA), Fred Hampton of Nanih Waiya High School(3.79 GPA), an Brock Ward of Louisville High School(3.75 GPA) as Academic All-Stars. We are very proud of the accomplishment these players made in the classroom during the 2011-2012 year and we hope to improve during the upcoming year.
ECCC Diamond Warriors Recieving Post Season Honors
Sophomore catcher Carlos Leal and freshman middle infielder/outfielder Tim Anderson head a list of East Central Community College baseball players who received honors following the 2012 campaign. Both players were selected All-Region 23 and were named first team MACJC All-State. Leal is the only catcher named on the All-Region team and was a unanimous choice at the position throughout the MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges), according to Diamond Warrior head coach Neal Holliman who had high praises for the 6’, 190-pound product from Puerto Rico.“Carlos has been a tremendous asset to the baseball program at East Central,” said Holliman. “His work ethic, loyalty and leadership are prime examples of what we desire in our program. He has already signed a national letter of intent with Delta State University, but very possibly will be selected in the 2012 Major League Draft. He will definitely have some decisions to make for the upcoming year as whether to go play professional baseball or continue his college career at Delta State. Leal batted .321 with three home runs and six doubles. He collected 27 RBIs. Leal also received the Diamond Warriors’ team captain award and was a co-recipient of most valuable defensive player honors. Holliman said Anderson’s selection to the All-Region team as a freshman is a “tremendous honor.” “Tim has continued to mature on the field and is growing into his abilities on a daily basis,” said Holliman. “He will be playing this summer in the Jayhawk League in Dodge City, Kansas, which is one of the premier collegiate wooden bat leagues in the country.”Holliman said Anderson plans to return to EC for his sophomore season and expects the 6-1, 171-pound product of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School “to bring even more things to the table next year.”Anderson posted a team best .362 batting average and had four homers and nine doubles. He and first baseman/outfielder Ricardo Velez of Puerto Rico led the team with 39 RBIs each. Velez joins fellow sophomores Fred Hampton, Evan Humphries and Casey Wells on the MACJC All-State Second Team. In addition to sharing RBI honors with Anderson, the 6’, 205-pound Velez batted .304 with two home runs and 14 doubles. Hampton, a 5-10, 200-pound outfielder, posted a .301 batting average and had three home runs and 10 doubles. He collected 32 RBIs. Hampton is a product of Nanih Waiya High School. Humphries, a 6-3, 200-pound right-handed hurler, posted a 5-1 mark and had three saves. He had a 3.34 earned run average and fanned 20 batters. Humphries also received the Scholar Athlete, Team Captain and Jamie Clark awards and was selected most improved pitcher. He is a product of Louisville High School. Wells, a 6-2, 172-pound right-hander, also went 5-1 and was credited with one save. He posted a team-best 2.70 earned run average and fanned 31 batters. Wells is a product of West Jones High School in Laurel. “We are very proud of all these young men who received post-season honors,” said Holliman. “I feel all have benefited from being at East Central and we have certainly benefitted from them being in our program. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
Domino Inks With the Warriors
The East Central Diamond Warriors are proud to announce that Chase Domino of Fairhope High School, in Fairhope, AL, has signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-2013 season. In his high school career,Chase's batting average was .396 with 28 home runs, 145 RBIs, and an outstanding .742 slugging percentage. Domino batted .403 with 9 home runs, 13 doubles, and 50 RBIs in his senior campaign as a Pirate.
Leake Central High School baseball standout Caleb Woods (seated center) is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career in 2012-13 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Pictured with the new Diamond Warrior are (seated from left) his parents, Linda and Gene Woods, and (standing from left) Leake Central assistant Josh Hayes and head coach Mike Tucker, and ECCC head baseball coach Neal Holliman. (Photo courtesy The Carthaginian)
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