POPLARVILLE Wildcats pitcher Shemar Page recently received a huge honor when he was selected to play on the NJCAA National Baseball team. Page was one of only 13 pitchers in the country who were selected to be a part of the 26 man roster. The National team will meet at Tyler Junior College July 25-26 and will begin training for a week before leaving for Wichita, Kansas, for the 84th annual National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, which will be played Aug. 1-11 at Lawrence-Dunmont Stadium.
"Being chosen for this is the biggest honor in my opinion. It's mind blowing," the former Raleigh High star said. "It's tremendous."
The freshman right-hander was a big part of Pearl River Community College's 2018 MACJC State Championship team, posting a 10-2 record and 2.73 ERA with 77 strikeouts against 44 hits and 19 walks in 59 1/3 innings on the mound.
He also hit .307 as a designated hitter for PRCC and was named both MACJC All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23.
"Honestly going into my freshman season I didn't even expect to get any of the honors that I got," Page said.
Page was quick to credit his PRCC coaches for his '18 success.
"I don't throw the hardest so working with Coach (Anthony) Izzio, I got a little bit more consistent than I was in high school," he said. "I try to get ahead and stay in the strike zone and once I do that I put myself ahead of the batter and get myself in a good position to get an out."
It's safe to say that Page's high praise for his coaches is being reciprocated.
"Shemar is an incredible young man that is a really good baseball player," PRCC head coach Michael Avalon said. "His hard work and dedication has paid off as evident by this honor of being selected to the NJCAA National Baseball Team.
"He will be a tremendous representative of his faith, family and our program. We wish him the best of luck."
While the standout right-hander is proud of the success he and the Wildcats experienced in 2018, he has already turned the page on last season.
"We lost a big group of sophomores this year who helped us out a lot so hopefully I can just step in and help my freshmen out," he said. "For our team our goal is to bring another state championship back to Poplarville."