Left-handed pitcher Dylan Mills-Derouen of Biloxi posted a 5-3 record as a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with a 3.67 earned run average. He had come off arm surgery and tossed a no-hitter against East Central.
On Tuesday he signed a letter of intent to play at West Florida, a team that won the Gulf South Conference regular-season title. The Argos advanced to the NCAA South Regional for the fifth time in seven seasons.
"It's a beautiful campus, "Mills-Derouen said. "It just felt right and I enjoyed the coaches. It's a great atmosphere."
Mills-Derouen struck out 56 batters in 61.1 innings. Gulf Coast head coach Rodney Batts said lefties who can bring it up to 90 mph are in high demand.
Mississippi Gulf Coast infielder Sam Taylor of New Hope, signed on the dotted line with Northwestern State in Louisiana. He batted .293 with 14 RBI last year.
Taylor said, "I thought it was the best fit for me. The coaches really made me feel at home when I visited. I feel like I'm gog to goin there and play right away."
Northwestern posted a 33-24 record last season and finished third in the Southland Conference under head coach Bobby Barbier.
Coach Batts said, "Taylor has gotten bigger and stronger, which has helped him defensively, but more so offensively. He's a different hitter than he was last year at this time."
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