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MATHISTON â€“ It's been a busy couple of weeks for East Webster Wolverine catcher Cody McKee.
After playing in the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Associaton for Better Baseball All-Star Game in Corinth last Saturday, McKee took the time on Wednesday to sign with Blue Mountain College.
Mississippi State started the season on a 17-game win streak, but then Central Arkansas came to town.
The No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball) Bulldogs lost two out of three to the Bears in early March in Starkville.
The Bulldogs (43-17) have an opportunity to get some revenge against the Bears (39-20) tonight. No. 1 seed MSU and No. 4 seed UCA meet at 7 p.m. in the Starkville Regional.
When you first look at Ross Mitchell, it's hard to believe he could lead a Division I program in wins.
The Mississippi State sophomore left hander stands 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 171 pounds. Although he isn't very intimidating when he steps on the mound, he has found a way to lead the Bulldogs.
Mitchell has a team-best 11 wins and is 11-0 for the Bulldogs coming out of the bullpen.
Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson describes Kendall Graveman as a leader, a captain and solid in everything he does.
Those qualities are valuable to have for a hurler that has been a key member of the weekend rotation the past two seasons for the Bulldogs.
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EUPORA â€“ It may be between football seasons for the Eupora Eagles, but they are not taking any time off.
After a season that saw the team finish second in the state, coach Junior Graham and his staff are hard at work rebuilding and reloading.
â€śWe have a lot of young faces out there to replace the departing seniors,â€ť Graham said.
As a sophomore, Adam Frazier put his name on the map for Mississippi State.
In his junior season, the shortstop is picking up right where he left off in all facets of the game.
The Bishop, Ga. native led MSU with .371 batting average last season, on his way to becoming one of the mainstays in the lineup.
"You always want to be confident and want to do your best," Frazier said.
Mississippi State junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe was putting pressure on himself to perform last week at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
While sitting in his Hoover, Ala., hotel room, Renfroe was saying to himself, "I've got to get hits."
That's when teammate Wes Rea stepped up and told Renfroe to "calm down and relax."
Luis Pollorena worked is way into the Friday night roll for Mississippi State during Southeastern Conference play.
He proved that he could be a valuable starter in game one of series and set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
MATHISTON â€“ Blue Mountain College is looking to build its baseball program and coach Curt Fowler can't think of any better way to do it than with an athlete like East Webster's Cody McKee.
McKee, who signed with the Hilltoppers on Wednesday afternoon, combined an excellent skill as a catcher along with a high academic standard for the Wolverines, which was something that impressed Fowler.
Being the new person is not easy, but Bailie Springfield took it all in stride as she assumed her role as pitcher for the East Webster Lady Wolverines.
In fact, the freshman remained cool as a cucumber all season long right up until the end when she stood alongside her teammates to accept the Class 2A State championship medals.