Douglas, Gordon sign with 4-year schools|[11/29/07]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 29, 2007

Two former Warren Central Vikings have solidified their futures once they’re done with their sophomore seasons at Hinds Community College.

Hinds coach Sam Temple said that shortstop Josh Gordon and third baseman/outfielder Eric Douglas have signed national letters of intent at senior colleges for the 2009 season.

Gordon signed with Division II powerhouse Delta State while Douglas inked a deal with Nicholls State, a Division I school in the Southland Conference.

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Pitcher Brandon Martin also signed with Delta State.

Gordon was one of Hinds’ best hitters last season and was named to the NJCAA Freshman All-Star team. He hit .404 with seven triples and 33 RBIs in leading the Eagles to a 27-15 record.

“Josh is one of the top infielders and hitters in our state, and I know that he will do well at Delta State because of his ability with the bat. DSU is known for doing some tremendous things offensively, and they feel Josh is their type of player,” Temple said.

Douglas hit .365 last season for the Eagles. He drove in 39 runs off 11 doubles, two triples and three home runs.

“I am very excited for Eric. He had a great year for us as a freshman, and we are counting on him for big things this year as a sophomore. I coached his brother Shea when I was at Warren Central. He had a very successful college career at Southern Miss and then into the pros, so I’ve known Eric and his family for a long time. It is really neat to see him get the opportunity to play college baseball,” Temple said.