State signs Waring, Martin-Nez to Louisiana Tech

Published 11:42 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

A pair of former St. Aloysius and Hinds Community College baseball standouts signed with four-year colleges.

Ryno Martin-Nez signed with Louisiana Tech and Pierson Waring signed with Mississippi State during the early signing period on Tuesday.

Martin-Nez, a sophomore infielder, hit .280 in his debut season with three doubles, one home run and 10 RBIs. The everyday third baseman also scored 18 runs and stole four bases in five attempts.

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Waring, a sophomore infielder and former Vicksburg Post Player of the Year was named to the MACJC All-State second team in 2011. He hit .363 with five doubles, one home run and a team-best four triples as a freshman.

The pair won two state titles with St. Al in 2008 and 2009.

Five other Hinds players signed with four-year schools. The Division I signees are Alex Gunn of Clinton, who will head to Memphis, and Carey Taylor of Brandon, who will play at Louisiana-Monroe.

Tyler Akins of Madison, Daniel Gilbert of Ridgeland and Andrew Gunn of Clinton are headed to NAIA power Belhaven.

“This is another great day for our baseball program,” Hinds baseball coach Sam Temple said in a team release. “All of them are quality young men and have great character, along with being successful baseball players.”