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Here’s the who’s who of South Mississippi JUCO signees

Ocean Springs shortstop Cooper Brune leaps for the ball as Oak Grove's Scott T. McMurrian dives back to second base, Saturday, March 26, 2016.
Ocean Springs shortstop Cooper Brune leaps for the ball as Oak Grove's Scott T. McMurrian dives back to second base, Saturday, March 26, 2016. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Here’s a list of South Mississippi standouts who have taken advantage of the early signing period for junior colleges.

West Harrison duo: West Harrison’s Megan Sexton and Rebecca Cuevas will sign with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Faulkner State (Ala.) on Friday. Sexton, who is an integral part of West Harrison’s soccer and softball teams, will play both sports at Gulf Coast. Cuevas will play softball at Faulkner State. Sexton hit .304 last season with 18 runs scored, 24 RBIs, seven doubles and three triples. She also recorded two goals and three assists for the WHHS soccer team. Cuevas hit .416 with 29 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits.

Terwilliger’s PRCC bound: Harrison Central softball standout Ashley Terwilliger has signed a scholarship with Pearl River Community College. Terwilliger lettered on each of Harrison Central’s 2014-16 state championship teams. She hit .308 with a .400 on-base percentage in 2016, adding 20 runs and eight stolen bases.

Greyhounds turned Bobcats: Ocean Springs’ Cooper Brune and Garrett Crochet have signed with Jones County Junior College. Crochet was 3-0 last season with a 0.51 ERA in 10 appearances. He also registered 25 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Brune was 3-1 with a 0.88 ERA. He struck out 41 against just seven walks in 40 innings.

Picayune trio moving on: Picayune softball’s Alyssa Pinero and Elizabeth Taggard plan to sign with PRCC, while Megan Dudenhefer will be headed to LSU-Eunice. Dudenhefer hit .352 with 14 RBIs and seven extra-base hits. She also posted a 9-6 record with a 1.19 ERA. In 112 innings, Dudenhefer struck out 107. Taggard hit .391 with 14 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits. She was also 5-6 with a 3.17 ERA. Pinero hit .289 with 11 RBIs and six doubles.

From Hornet to Bulldog: East Central softball player Madison Wall is signing with Gulf Coast. Wall hit .420 as a junior with 17 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases.

Swilley signs with PRCC: Hancock softball standout Rylee Swilley has signed with PRCC. Swilley posted a 1.59 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 78 innings last year. She also hit .303 with 11 RBIs and a .977 fielding percentage.

Bulldogs land SS of the future: MGCCC signed new George County Rebel Fisher Ray, who is the son of GCHS defensive coordinator James Ray. The former Bruce standout will play third base at GCHS and shortstop at Gulf Coast. As a Trojan, Ray hit .305 with a .463 OBP. He only made three fielding errors as well.

Scott headed to PRCC: George County infielder Bryson Scott is headed to PRCC. As a junior, Scott hit .301 with a .348 on-base percentage.

Tomcat trio staying close to home: Stone outfielders Mason Hunt and Preston Stringer, along with pitcher Truitt Smith, have signed with MGCCC. Hunt hit .346 with 15 RBIs, eight stolen bases and seven extra bases last year. Stringer posted a .297 average with 12 RBIs. Smith hit .288 with 14 RBIs. He also posted a 4-5 record with a 2.97 ERA on the mound, striking out 35 in 33 innings.

Another Hurricane headed to Perk: West Harrison outfielder Brandon Parker is signing with MGCCC on Friday. As a junior, Parker hit .333 with 21 RBIs, six doubles, one triple and a team-high four homers. He also stole seven bases.

Four Panthers moving on: Pascagoula has four players who signed JUCO scholarships on Thursday. Gauge Nyman, Griffin Gaunt (Foley) and Boomer Maurin (Fairhope) all signed with East Mississippi, while Alden Davis signed with MGCCC. Davis hit .350 last year with a team-high four homers. He also recorded 22 RBIs, eight doubles, 39 runs scored and eight stolen bases. Nyman, the younger brother of former MLB draft pick Chase, is an outfielder/middle infielder who did not play with PHS last season. Maurin is a left-handed pitcher who transferred from Foley, Ala. Gaunt, a transfer from Fairhope, Ala., hit .292 with as a junior.

Long Beach’s Lockey headed to MGCCC: Long Beach pitcher Justin Lockey is signing with MGCCC on Tuesday. Lockey has been playing for LBHS since his freshman season and boasts a career mark of 8-10 with a 3.49 ERA. He has 82 strikeouts against 56 walks in 100 1/3 innings.

Tide turned Wildcats: Picayune’s Trenton Lee and Tyler Fletcher signed with PRCC. Lee hit .365 last year with 27 hits, six extra-base hits and nine stolen bases. He also posted a 2-4 record with a 1.55 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. Fletcher hit .362 with 21 hits and six stolen bases. On the mound, he was 2-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 23 innings.

PRC arm headed to PRCC: Pearl River Central’s Hayden LeBeau won’t have to travel far for college after signing with PRCC. As a sophomore and junior for the Blue Devils, the southpaw picked up three wins with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 35 in 26 innings.

East Central tandem signs with PRCC: East Central baseball standouts Colin Danley and Reis Trager have signed with PRCC. Danley hit .306 last year. On the mound, he was 5-3 with a miniscule 1.16 ERA. He also struck out 43 in in 36 1/3 innings. Trager hit .304 with nine extra-base hits, 26 runs scored and nine stolen bases.

Wall signs with MGCCC, Busby with William Carey: East Central's Madison Wall and Maranda Busby signed with MGCCC and William Carey, respectively, on Thursday. Busyby hit .420 with 22 RBIs, 34 hits and 28 runs scored as a junior. She also recorded 17 extra-base hits. Busby hit .370 with 24 runs scored, 27 hits, 20 RBIs and 15 extra-base hits.

Dallas Blaker signs with PRCC: Our Lady Academy pitcher Dallas Blaker signed with PRCC. The Three-time Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selection hit .514 with five homers, 39 RBIs, nine wins, and 196 strikeouts as a junior.

Rockachaws sign with Wildcats: St. Stanislaus teammates Levi Knight and Magruder O’Bannon are headed to Pearl River. As a junior, Knight was a two-way threat for the Rocks, hitting .383 with 25 RBIs in addition to a 7-3 record, 1.41 ERA and 55 strikeouts on the mound. O’Bannon hit .353 with 23 RBIs as a junior last season.

GC's Megan Morse signs with Faulkner State: GCHS softball standout Megan Morse signed with Faulkner State recently. Morse hit .358 as a junior last season, collecting 18 runs scored, 28 hits, 14 RBIs and nine extra-base hits. She also stole three bases. On the mound, Morse posted a 3-7 record with a 0.92 ERA, striking out 53 in 84 innings.

Know of other Coast athletes who have signed with a junior college? Send their information to sports@sunherald.com.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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