SOUND OFF SPOTLIGHT: Lumberton native Jonathan Corbett, a freshman right fielder at Brunswick Community College, slugged his first collegiate home run last weekend against Catawba Valley. Corbett followed up his bomb to left with a double to right in his next at-bat. He’s enjoyed a hot bat during BCC’s 3-3 start. “It was the first homer at our new field,” the 2011 Slugfest Most Valuable Player said Wednesday. “It was an inside fastball.”
Justin Britt, Shortstop, Southeastern Community College: Britt, a former all-county performer at Fairmont, returns to the SCC starting lineup at shortstop after being named to the NJCAA Division II All-American third team in 2011. After managing a potent lineup with a stable of arms last season, Britt’s coach, Scott Johnson, was awarded the Southeast District’s Coach of the Year award.
Ethan Clark, Outfield, UNCP: The former Purnell Swett standout who played multiple sports in Pembroke has appeared in four games this season as a sophomore for the Braves (8-1). The platoon outfielder and speedy pinch-runner has a stolen base and scored two runs in limited action.
Steven Kirby, Shortstop, Methodist: Kirby impressed longtime Methodist coach Tom Austin enough in the fall to earn a starting spot as a true freshman this spring. Known more for his glove in the middle of the infield, Kirby is still adjusting to collegiate pitching with a .176 batting average in five starts. The Monarchs open the Methodist Diamond Invitational Friday afternoon against Frostburg State University.
Dakota Oxendine, First Base, SCC: Lumberton slugger Dakota Oxendine has continued his power stroke in Whiteville as one of SCC’s leading hitters. Last season, with Oxendine in the middle of the lineup, the Rams became the first team from Region 10 to ever play three games in the NJCAA World Series.
Chris Power, Catcher, Methodist: An all-county catcher last season for Paul Hodges at Lumberton, Power hit .415 with 24 RBIs and a rocket arm for the Pirates. He’s started two of five games in Fayetteville as freshman with two hits in five at-bats.
Note: Red Springs standout Jeremy McDowell, a freshman at St. Andrews, is redshirting this season. Thomas Williams, a 2011 hurler at Lumberton who starred for the Hope Mills legion team last summer, is expected to miss his freshman season at BCC after elbow surgery.