POPLARVILLE, Miss. — One of Pearl River's great success stories will be back in Poplarville on Sunday. Wildcat coach Michael Avalon announced Wednesday that former PRCC flame-thrower Colby White will be at The Dub on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before No. 4 Pearl River's season-opening series against Bevill State. The doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. start.
"We are excited to welcome Colby home to The River," Avalon said. "He is a tremendous example of hard work and the product of what can be accomplished at Pearl River.
"His continued support of this program is greatly appreciated."
Despite holding only one offer out of West Marion High — Pearl River — White proved that if you work hard you can chase your dreams. The right-hander was a two-time All-MACJC selection, earning a spot on the second team as a freshman before landing on the first team following his sophomore season. White was 4-1 as a freshman and 5-2 with eight saves as a sophomore. In 31 innings, White struck out 51 batters against 10 walks. White was good enough to sign with his dream school, Mississippi State, and proceeded to earn a 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in his lone season in Starkville. In 26 innings, White struck out 48 batters and held opponents to a .172 batting average.
In June, White was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round of the MLB Draft, making him the 28th former Wildcat to be selected in the draft; Dexter Jordan soon after became the 29th after the Houston Astros selected him in the 16th round.
White didn't slow down once he reported to Hudson Valley of the Class-A New York-Penn League. In 19 1/3 innings, White struck out 29 batters, held the opposition to a miniscule .119 average and boasted a 2.79 ERA with one win and one save.
Adding to Sunday's festivities, attendees from Pearl River's recent youth camp will accompany the Wildcats during the national anthem.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events are broadcast on PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store. Home games and select road contests can also be heard on WRJW 1320 AM, WRJWRadio.com or by downloading the WRJW app.