Keeping Score

Hadley, Cowart sign with PRCC

Pascagoula shortstop Tracy Hadley and pitcher Allen Cowart signed letters of intent Thursday with Pearl River Community College and the two should play a big part in the program over the next two seasons.

Hadley received a scholarship offer from PRCC early in the process while Cowart earned his offer with a strong senior season on the mound for the Panthers.

PRCC assistant coach Jeff Long said that he expects to use Cowart frequently out of the pen once he joins the team in Poplarville.

Cowart received four or five offers before settling on PRCC.

"We're fortunate to get him," Long said. "He wants to be ready (to pitch) every time out. That's a big selling point for us with him."

Long sees Hadley as the likely starting shortstop for PRCC as a freshman, and he believes big things are ahead for him.

Hadley, who was a star guard for the basketball team, is giving up hoops to focus just on baseball.

"I think Tracy will play professional ball one day," Long said. "He's got a chance to get drafted. If not from us, after he goes to a four-year school. He's a good student as well.

"Tracy, he's a really interesting guy for us. I don't think he's even touched his potential yet. Once he gets an eight-to-10 week fall for us, he'll get reps at the plate and in the field. When he gets in the weight room, he'll put on weight. It's rare to find true shortstops these days. A lot of times, you see guys that can play second or short, move them around. He'a guy that if you stick him at short, he'll make all the plays. We're real excited about him. I feel like he's a got a chance to be drafted from us in two years. Hopefully, it'll work out that way."

Hadley chose PRCC over East Central CC on Monday after sitting down to discuss the decision with his parents.

He said Thursday that he's looking forward to focusing on one sport.

"I know I have to work," Hadley said. "Every chance I get, I'm going to be improving my game."