MGCCC signs 10 players to baseball scholarships, 5 from the coast

MGCCC signs 10 players to baseball scholarships, 5 from the coast

PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gulf Coast baseball coach Rodney Batts believes his signing class has a big upside.

"I think it's a great class, "stated Batts.  "There are some really talented players in this group.  It fills a lot of needs for us at just about every position.  We've got some really good arms in the group, some good infielders, some catchers.  I think they're going to bring a lot of talent to our group."

Five of the 10 signees are from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

D'Iberville pitcher Andrew Bird batted .298 last season and was 3-3 on the mound for the Warriors as a junior.  He struck out 37 batters in 38.2 innings pitched.

Two Biloxi players signed with the Bulldogs.  Infielder/outfielder Chase Lott batted .368 in 2014, with a .431 on-base percentage.  Indians teammate Dylan Menhennett, an infielder, will join Lott in Perkinston next season.

St. Patrick catcher, Beau Bratton, carried  a .333 batting average with two home runs in 15 games for the Fighting Irish as a junior.  St. Patrick infielder/pitcher, Blaise Butirich batted .254 and posted a 3-0 record on the mound with a 1.34 ERA.  He had 25 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.

Here's a list of the other Bulldogs signees:

*Ty Barnes/Right Handed Pitcher/Petal High School
*Jake Cowden/Infielder-RHP/Faith Academy (Mobile, Ala.)
*Evan Harless/Right Handed Pitcher/Bartlett (Tenn.)
*Jose Lewis/Infielder-RHP/Theordore (Ala.)
*Logan McGrew/Catcher/Sumrall

The Bulldogs open the season February 5 against Jackson State community College with the first of nine dates at MGM Park in Biloxi.  Mississippi Gulf Coast is building a new stadium on the Perkinston Campus and that's the reason why the Bulldogs will be playing its home games at non-campus locations in 2016.

The new stadium at Ken "Curly" Farris Field will officially open for the 2017 season.

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