MERIDIAN, miss. (WTOK) – The start of the 2021 junior college baseball season has been good for Meridian Community College. The Eagles started 6-0 with a 2-game sweep of Jones College, Co-Lin and Hinds.
MCC baseball coach Dillon Sudduth said the Eagles’ key early in the season is a result of doing well in all aspects of the game.
“We have hit pretty well, we have played pretty good defense, and we have put the ball in play and made some good situation shots,” said Sudduth. “I think some first-year students and some transfers that we brought in have been very good. Sometimes it takes a while to get started, but they have been very good from the beginning. ”
The Eagles have hit the ball extremely well through the first six games. They have a team-based percentage of .447 and .316 stroke averages.
Sophomore outfielder Adam Moncure says the team’s trust in each other to put the ball in play can be attributed to their offensive success.
“All in all, we have good team chemistry. When we go to strike and can not get the job done, we do not get upset because we know that someone else will probably get the job done, “said Moncure. “We are not big on ourselves. We are big on teams, and we like to play for each other out there. ”
Sophomore pitcher Davis Ferguson said coach Sudduth has preached to the players not to get too down on themselves when something does not go their way.
“We have a strong team mentality. That is something Coach Sud preaches to us, “said Ferguson. “If something bad happens, he has taught us to move on to the next pitch and not dwell on it.”
By the time the 2020 season was cut short by the coronavirus, the Eagles had begun to take the plunge. After losing 6 of their first 8 matches, they turned things around and won 6 of their last 7 matchups.
MCC was hoping to speed up at the end of last season into this season, and that has certainly been the case as the Eagles have yet to lose a game.
The team is grateful to play games again and certainly does not take the chance for granted.
“We do not complain when it is a bit cold because we get to play. We do not complain when the course is not in perfect shape, “said Coach Sudduth. “We do not complain when we have to hop on a bus, ride a bike for three hours and play a double head because we get to play a game that we love and worked very, very hard to play.”
Like many players, Moncure is in his final season at MCC. They will be able to have a complete season and do everything they can to make sure that happens.
“Every day we come here, train hard and just hope for the end of the season,” said Moncure. “I think we do a good job with the COVID protocols and everything. Everyone stays safe so we can continue to have a season. ”
Friday’s double head to southwest Mississippi has been canceled due to bad weather. The Eagles will be back in action Wednesday against the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the road.
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