County trio to play in all-star contest

Published 11:56 pm Friday, June 1, 2012

The annual Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star Baseball Games at Trustmark Park will have a distinct Warren County flavor.

Three county players — Vicksburg High’s Clyde Kendrick and Lamar Anthony, along with Warren Central’s Cody Waddell — will take the field for the North squad at 6 p.m. The Class 4A/5A/6A game will precede it at 1 p.m.

Coaching the three will be Warren Central’s Josh Abraham, who will coach against older brother, Jim Abraham of Quitman.

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Waddell boasted an ERA of 0.87 and opposing batters hit only .157 against him. He walked only nine batters in 642⁄3 innings. He finished with a county-best 83 strikeouts.

Waddell has signed to play at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

“He gave us a chance to win every time he pitched. Even when he wasn’t pitching, he competed in the middle of the infield and hit the ball well,” Josh Abraham said.

Vicksburg’s representatives, Anthony and Kendrick, made for a dynamic tandem in the outfield. Kendrick doubled as Vicksburg’s ace on the mound.

Anthony, a three-year starter for the Gators in center field, hit .427 from his table-setting spot with 14 RBIs, eight doubles and two triples. He was a perfect 27-for-27 in stolen base attempts.

Kendrick, who played left field, hit .421 with 20 RBIs, six doubles, one triple and one home run. He stole 16 bases.

On the mound, he had nine complete games and went 5-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 552⁄3 innings. He struck out 80.