The Meridian Star
Russell Christian Academy’s Dylan Nolan and Kyle Russell were named to the MAIS Class A South Baseball All-Star Team after leading the Warriors to an 18-7, (12-0) season and finishing the year as District 5 1A champions.
Nolan (7-1) was the Warriors’ ace pitcher this season, finishing the year with a 1.13 earned run average over 43 1/3 innings pitched. At the plate, Nolan batted .389 and led Russell Christian in RBIs with 31.
Russell (7-2) was equally as strong from the hill, as the Warriors’ No. 2 pitcher compiled a 1.14 ERA over 49 innings. Russell batted .316 and led Russell Christian in doubles with six.
“Both of them were the core of our pitching staff,” Russell Christian head coach Larry Lippert said. “They were the ones who threw all the district games. I leaned on both of them pretty hard. If one wasn’t pitching, he was at shortstop and vice versa.”
Nolan was selected as the District 5 Class A Player of the Year and was an unanimous selection by MAIS coaches for the all-star team.
Both players will enroll at Meridian Community College in the fall. Lippert said he expects Nolan to try and walk on with the Eagles in the spring and wouldn’t be surprised if Russell did the same. If the two do end up playing college ball, Lippert is sure they will make excellent additions to MCC head coach Dillon Sudduth’s squad.
“Dyan is a silent guy, he goes under everybody’s radar, Lippert said. “When I was talking with Coach Sudduth about Dylan, I told him he’d be the hardest worker out there, he’ll show up early and he will always try to improve on his game.
“What Kyle brings to the next level is, with more coaches, he’ll be able to hone his skills. He’s got a lot of God-given ability that can take him far.”
Newton County Academy also named two players to the all-star team in Kyle Pugh and Regan Reiss.
Pugh (5-2) led the Generals on the mound, compiling a .54 ERA over 38 2/3 innings. Pugh batted .302 on the year.
Reiss led the Generals at the plate with an outstanding .534 batting average, including 12 doubles.