Enterprise, AL – The foundations Enterprise State Community College (ESCC) establishes for athletes to succeed both academically and athletically has resulted in five more Boll Weevils committing to advance their careers at the four-year level. Gage Young, and Logan Jester will join coach Marty Lovrich in Montgomery, Alabama at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). Nephtali Alvarado will join Coach Julius McDougal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at Stillman College. Zach Nolin and Ricky Broxson will attend Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska under the leadership of head coach Wayne Albury.
Enterprise State’s baseball coach and sports information director Samuel “Bubba” Frichter said, “I am proud of these young men and what they’ve accomplished not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. Without the proper academic requirements, they would not be in the position they are in to compete at the next level. I look forward to keeping up with them as they continue their baseball career at the next level. I wish them all the best of luck and am thankful for the commitment and sacrifices they made while here at Enterprise State Community College”.
Gage Young (Opelika, AL.) played in 44 of 47 games this past season in a dual role as a starting pitcher and a position player. Along with seeing time on the mound, Young also saw time at third base, right field, and as a designated hitter. Young finished the season with a .278 batting average, 7 stolen bases, and led the team with 3 home runs. On the mound, Young led the team in innings pitched with 50.2 while also having the lowest earned run average (ERA) of any starting pitcher at a clip of 4.11. Young will primarily pitch at AUM, but may also see time as a position player at first base.
Logan Jester (El Paso, TX.) player in 42 of 47 games as a shortstop for the Boll Weevils this past season. Jester finished his sophomore campaign with a .258 batting average and a .932 fielding percentage. Jester led all Boll Weevil middle infielders with 15 double plays turned over the course of the 2017 season. Jester will see time as a shortstop, second basemen, and possibly third base while with the Warhawks of AUM.
Nephtali Alvarado (San Germán, Puerto Rico) caught 27 of the Boll Weevils 47 games this past season. Alvarados ability to manage a pitching staff over the course of a game allowed him to lead the team in games started behind the plate. While keeping base runners at bay, Alvarado only committed 4 errors over the course of the 2017 season. Alvarado finished with a .192 batting average at a position that is a known primarily as a defensive position. He will continue his career behind the plate in Tuscaloosa Alabama for the Tigers of Stillman College.
Zach Nolin (Graceville, FL.) played in 41 of 47 games primarily as a second basemen, but also saw time as a designated hitter for the Boll Weevils. Nolin highlighted his sophomore campaign by collecting 10 hits in his final 15 at bats of the 2017 season. As a hitter, Nolin finished the season with a .285 batting average. Defensively he led all Boll Weevil middle infielders with a .983 fielding percentage while only committing 2 errors over the course of the 2017 season. Nolin will continue his stellar defensive play in the middle infield at Peru State College in Peru Nebraska.
Ricky Broxson (Panama City, FL.) logged 12 innings on the mound for the Boll Weevils during the 2017 season despite an injury ridden year. Broxson came on strong near the end of the season and highlighted his sophomore campaign with a 3-scoreless inning outing against #8 nationally ranked Wallace State Hanceville. He will join fellow Boll Weevil Zach Nolin in Peru, Nebraska at Peru State College.
Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college which serves nearly 2,000 students annually between its Enterprise campus and the Alabama Aviation Colleges in Albertville, Andalusia, Mobile and Ozark. Each campus and sites currently fulfills the Alabama Community College System’s mission for education and training which leads to high-wage, high-demand jobs in integral careers worldwide. Students can obtain Associate’s degrees and certificates through multiple programs at the college.