Sumrall’s Kros Sivley and Hayden Nored have been playing baseball together for most of their lives. Wednesday, both signed to play baseball at the next level - and rival schools - as Nored signed with Pearl River Community College and Sivley signed with Jones College.
“Kros and Hayden have been guys who have been in our program since junior high,” said Sumrall head coach Andy Davis. “We’ve watched them come through the program and Kros got varsity innings as a ninth-grader and led the state in ERA as a freshman. He’s no stranger to the varsity level. Hayden came in pitching and playing different positions like third and first base. He was our number two starter on the mound last season before COVID. He just didn’t get many innings due to the shortened season.”
“We expect big things from both of them this season both on the mound and in the lineup. They’ll be mainstays in the lineup and should log a lot of innings on the mound for us,” said Davis.
“Right now I’m a bit shaky. Not nervous, just shaky,” said an excited Sivley. “I’m just trying to get through this big day. It is so exciting to finally be able to sign.”
Sivley said that former Sumrall head coach Larry Knight had an impact on him signing with the Bobcats.
“Coach Knight being at Jones now, that was a big deal for me. I just felt like that was the best decision for me because they know how to continue to use and develop me.”
“I think we will be good this year [at Sumrall]. We have great pitching and we are deep at the position. Me and Hayden, we are both going to be pitching and we have a lot of juniors who are talented. Everyone is expecting to make it to the State Championship this season,” said Sivley.
Sivley also talked about potentially facing off with his longtime teammate at the JUCO level.
Man, I hope if I’m pitching for us, I hope he is pitching against us. That would be so much fun. I know some other guys there so it would be a fun experience,” laughed Sivley.
“This might be the best day of my life,” exclaimed Nored. “I’ve been waiting for a long time and now I’m going to get the chance to play college baseball. This is the road I’m taking and I’m truly blessed.”
Nored stated why he signed with Pearl River Community College.
“The coaches there treated me like I was their best friend. They are there for you. The atmosphere was unlike any other. It was a family atmosphere. I loved it when I visited.”
“I expect us to be pretty stout on the mound this season,” said Nored about his upcoming final season at Sumrall. “If we get the bats going we will be hard to beat.”
Nored also discussed what it would be like to potentially pitch against Sivley.
“You know, I’ve played with Kros since I was 9 or 10 years old., all the way up until now. He’s always been on my team, so it’ll be tough to throw against him on that stage, but I’m excited to see what the future holds for both of us.”