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Bruce Bits

By By Bruce Hixon Standard Sports Editor
The list of players who have departed the Jefferson Davis Community College Warhawks baseball program has doubled from three to six over the past week.
Two of the most recent departures are former T.R. Miller Tigers. Catcher Jordan Ball, who would be an incoming freshman, has hooked on with Alabama Southern College. Ball was a Class 3A All-State First Team selection this past spring with the Tigers where he hit .431 with five homers and 35 RBIs.
Another former Tiger, sophomore-to-be righthanded pitcher Patrick Sorrells, is also headed to Alabama Southern.
Sorrells was 1-1 with a 4.73 earned run average in 13 1/3 innings of work this spring. Sorrells allowed nine hits and struck out 15. Opposing batters hit .209 against him. Sorrells' biggest highlight of the spring was a no-hitter he tossed against Hibbings College.
Like JDCC, Alabama Southern will also field a new coach next season but the Eagles have already filled their position with the hiring of University of South Alabama assistant coach Scot Sealy.
Also gone is sophomore-to-be outfielder Kyle McPherson of Mobile. McPherson has signed with Faulkner State College. McPherson hit .293 with three homers and 30 RBIs with a .444 slugging percentage this spring.
Pitcher Nick Porter (to Calhoun), pitcher Ben Jackson (to Faulkner State) and infielder Clay Mather (to Pensacola Junior College) had previously withdrawn from JDCC and signed with other programs.
The JDCC baseball program will be holding tryouts June 27 at 1 p.m. at the JDCC Field. Any players who will be attending JDCC in the upcoming school year are encouraged to participate.
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The JDCC Lady Warhawks volleyball team has its tentative 2005 schedule in place.
The Lady Warhawks will open up the season at the Wallace State Tournament, which will be played August 26-27.
JDCC's home opener will be August 30 when it hosts Gulf Coast Community College at 6 p.m.
Eight of the Lady Warhawks nine home matches will be played before the end of September. JDCC plays nine of its final 10 matches on the road, which includes a string of eight in a row to start the month of October.
JDCC's schedule is as follows.
Aug. 26-27 Wallace State Tournament
Aug. 30 Gulf Coast Home 6 p.m.
Aug. 31 Faulkner State Away 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 NW Shoals Home 2 p.m.
Sept. 5 Wallace State Away 5 p.m.
Sept. 6 Bevill State Home 6 p.m.
Sept. 8 Southern Union Home 6 p.m.
Sept. 9-10 Pensacola Tournament
Sept. 15 Gadsden State Home 6 p.m
Sept. 15 Lawson State Home 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Central Alabama Away 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 Pensacola Home 6 p.m.
Sept. 29 Faulkner State Home 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 NW Shoals Away 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 Gulf Coast Away 4 p.m.
Oct. 7-8 Pensacola Tournament
Oct. 11 Southern Union Away 5 p.m.
Oct. 11 Central Alabama Away 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 Lawson State Away 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 Gadsden State Away 6 p.m.
Oct. 21 Bevill State Away 5 p.m.
Oct. 25 Wallace State Home 6 p.m.
Oct. 26 Pensacola Away 6 p.m.