CLINTON, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris announced on Tuesday that catcher Phillip Chapman, and outfielder Rob Tadlock, both of Clinton High School, signed a letter of intent with NEMCC and will begin playing baseball for the Tigers in the fall of 2007.
As a senior, Chapman led the Arrows to the quarterfinals of the 5-A State Playoffs. The highlight of that experience for the catcher was going 4-for-4 with two homeruns, including a walk-off game winner against Tupelo.
"We're so excited Phillip chose us," says NEMCC head coach Kent Farris. "He is not only solid at the plate but is one of the best defensive catchers in the state, if not the best. He will improve our program immediately, and I expect him to be a leader the day he sets foot on our campus."
From behind the plate, Chapman threw out 85% of runners trying to steal this season. He also batted .383 with ten doubles, one triple, five home runs, and 34 RBI. Chapman carried a 604 slugging % to the plate this year.
"Phillip was outstanding for us," said Clinton H.S. head coach Eddie Lofton. "He came up with big hit after big hit. Behind the plate he was a rock, and one of the big reasons why we were able to make a run deep into the playoffs."
Just shortly after Chapman put his name on the dotted line with Northeast Mississippi Community College, Arrows' senior outfielder Rob Tadlock followed suit by signing a letter of intent to play baseball for the Tigers beginning in the fall of 2007.
Tadlock is a speedy outfielder who helped lead the Arrows into the quarterfinals of the 5-A State Playoffs this season.
"Rob is a great pick up for us," said NEMCC head coach Kent Farris. "He's an outstanding kid, on and off the field, who comes from a wonderful family. Rob runs really well and can cover some ground in the outfield, as well as steal some bases. He's a winner, and I'm so proud he chose Northeast."
Along with a slugging percentage of .505, Tadlock batted .398 this season with eight doubles, two triples, and one homerun. He totaled 12 stolen bases for Coach Eddy Lofton's team this past season.
NEMCC'S HORN NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- At the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges annual baseball coaches meeting in Jackson this week, the league's skippers placed their votes for Mississippi's All-State team. Among those voted to the first team was Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore John David Horn.
Horn, a Booneville native, led the Tigers in 2007 with a .451 batting average. The Tigers' first baseman/pitcher totaled 64 hits, 12 doubles, four triples, four homeruns, and 38 RBI during the 2007 season.
"J.D. deserves this recognition," said NEMCC head coach Kent Farris. "He was not only the best hitter on our team but one of the best in the state in terms of batting average and slugging percentage. He did a little of everything for our team, even played in the outfield some. He's a great kid who'll sign with a four-year school soon and will have a great career wherever he goes."
While John David Horn was Northeast's only representative on the MACJC All-State first team, three other Tigers were voted to the second team: Rod Williams (Booneville) who led NEMCC in runs scored with 43 and played centerfield, Kevin Williams (Corinth) who played second base and pitched for the Tigers while batting .337 with three home runs, and shortstop Jake Lee (Tupelo) who was also voted as Northeast's best defensive player.
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