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MGCCC announces 10 baseball signees

PERKINSTON - Mississippi Gulf Coast baseball coach Rodney Batts has announced 10 signees during the NJCAA signing period.

"I think it's a great class. There are some really talented players in this group," Batts said. "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.

"Other than being a good talented group, but I also think every one of them is a quality, class guy. I think they're good students. They're not only going to be good players for us, they're going to be good student-athletes."

Ty Barnes, a pitcher, batted .293 for Petal last season. He went 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA, striking out 12 batters in 16.1 innings. Barnes was named to the D.M. Howie Mississippi High School All-Star South Team.

Andrew Bird, a pitcher, batted .298 last year for D'Iberville. He was 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA, striking out 37 batters in 38.2 innings. He played in the South Mississippi All-Star Classic Futures Game last season.

Beau Bratton, a catcher, batted .333 with two home runs in 15 games for St. Patrick as a junior. He played in the South Mississippi All-Star Classic Futures Game last season.

Blaise Butirich, an infielder/pitcher, batted .254 last season at St. Patrick. He was 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA, striking out 25 in 15.2 innings. He played in the South Mississippi All-Star Classic Futures Game last season.

Jake Cowden, an infielder/pitcher, batted .394 with 19 RBI in 25 games for Faith Academy in Mobile last season. He had a 1-0 record with a 1.11 ERA, striking out 12 in 12.2 innings.

Chase Lott, an infielder/outfielder, batted .368 as a junior at Biloxi, with a .431 on-base percentage. He played in the South Mississippi All-Star Classic Futures Game last season.

Logan McGrew, a catcher, batted .353 with 11 doubles and 22 RBI in 38 games last season at Sumrall. He was named Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 3A All-State Second Team.

Dylan Menhennett, an infielder, played for Biloxi last season. He played in the South Mississippi All-Star Classic Futures Game last season.

Evan Harless, a pitcher, was 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA while pitching behind three Division I pitchers on the depth chart at Bartlett (Tenn.) last season.

Josh Lewis, an infielder/pitcher, hit .424 with 22 RBI last year for Theodore (Ala.). He went 8-3 on the mound with a 1.68 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 62.1 innings. Lewis was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State second team as a junior.

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