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Starkville's Pugh to continue career at Pearl River CC

January 18, 2012

Starkville High School baseball player Nathan Pugh, seated right, signs with Pearl River Community College Tuesday morning as witnessed by coaches and family. (Submitted photo)

Starkville High School's Nathan Pugh has a reputation that attracted Pearl River Community College.

Pugh signed with the Wildcats Tuesday morning at the high school library.

On hand were assistant coaches from PRCC, his family, and SHS head coach Danny Carlisle.

Pearl River CC assistant coach Kyle Lindsey said Pugh's character and talent was something needed in the program.

"(Character is something) we are trying to recruit," Lindsey said. "He fits the mold of character and a great player. He has a chance to pitch and play a position for us as two-way (player)."

That character is seen by a lot of people associated with the Yellowjacket baseball program.

Carlisle may be the one who has noticed it the most and early in Nathan's baseball career.

"Extremely excited for Nathan," Carlisle said. "I think they not only got an outstanding baseball player, but a great person. He has been a leader, and a three year starter for us. He came in, started as a sophomore and has just done great things. He hit over .400 last year and pitched for us. He is just an every day player. He is on the mound, in the field and he does a good job."

Pugh pitches and plays a position in the field making him a two-way player.

The fact that the school is out of town and the coaching staff were the main draws leading Pugh to make the decision he did.

"I like the way they coach," Pugh said. "They want to win, they want to win ball games.

"It's kind of a little ways out of town. I kind of want to get out of town to meet some new people, grow some relationships with people, and try to spread the word of Christ. That's my ultimate goal."

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