Recent IA graduate among MDCC baseball signees

By FROM MDCC ATHLETICS,

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program will welcome 15 newcomers to the Moorhead campus for the 2020 fall semester, as announced on Tuesday.

The class was started by Dan Rives, former head baseball coach and incoming athletic director at MDCC, and was completed by new head coach Luke Stanley. It was during Stanley’s time as the Trojans recruiting coordinator that the class was initiated, and one that he feels very good about.

“This class offers us a good mix of versatility and athleticism, as many of them play multiple positions on the field and can be impactful dual position players for us” said Stanley. “This is a group that has great character and we can’t wait to get them on campus.”

Nicholas Bedsole / 5’10, 170 / RHP, INF, OF / Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian

Two-way standout as both a right-handed pitcher and position player… Named to the All-Region team as a junior in 2019… All-District first team selection as a freshman… Named to the 2020 Preseason All-American team by Perfect Game

Blayne Clark / 5’10, 170 / RHP, INF / Water Valley, Miss. / Water Valley High School

Multi-sport standout at WVHS in both baseball and football… Chosen as the 3A Region II Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year at the conclusion of his junior season… Named to the All-State second team in 2019 for his efforts… Helped Water Valley claim the 2018 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) 3A state championship as a record-setting quarterback… Four-year letterman on the gridiron

Hunter Coleman / 6’1, 185 / OF, RHP, INF / Oxford, Miss./ Lafayette High School

Lettered in both baseball and football for the Commodores… Helped lead LHS to the 5A state championship series as a multi-versatile standout, splitting time in the outfield and infield, as well as on the mound… Four-year letterman on the diamond… Named to the All-Region second team for his special teams play as a kicker for the Commodores football team in fall 2019

Landon Comer / 6’3, 155 / RHP, INF, OF/ Wellington, Ala. / Alexandria High School

Four-year letterman at AHS as a right-handed pitcher, infielder and outfielder… Named to the All-State team as a pitcher and to the All-County team as a utility player… Chosen as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player… Member of the National Honor Society and President’s Club at AHS… Served as a class treasurer as well

Chad Dudenhefer / 5’7, 170 / INF / Picayune, Miss. / Picayune Memorial High School

Lettered three times for the Maroon Wave, along with fellow newcomers Luke Smith and Chad Stockstill… Named to the All-District first team in his final season… All-District second team selection after his junior season

Cole Evans / 6’3, 215 / C, INF / Waynesboro, Miss. / Wayne Academy

Named to the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) All-State first team, as well as the All-District first team… Chosen as the Most Valuable Defensive Player for his district… Named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-Region team, along with the All-American Honorable Mention team… High school teammate of Logan White, a fellow member of the MDCC incoming class

Haden Luke / 6’0, 185 / RHP / Vicksburg, Miss. / St. Aloysius High School

Multi-sport star in baseball, football and soccer for the Flashes, where he played on the diamond for former MDCC head baseball coach Sid Naron… Named to the All-County team as a pitcher by The Vicksburg Post… All-District first team selection in both baseball and football, where he was a standout lineman… Starting goalkeeper in soccer for the two-time state champions… Won the Joe Evans Trophy in baseball… High school teammate of fellow signee Kieran Theriot

Patrick Martin / 5’11, 175 / RHP, INF / Brandon, Miss. / East Rankin Academy

Three-sport standout in baseball, football and soccer for the Patriots… Two-time All-District choice in baseball… Team MVP selection, along with being a two-time Best Offensive Player and Best Pitcher selection… Named to the All-District team in football on two occasions as well, as well as being named Team MVP as a senior… Three-year letterman in soccer, and was named to the All-District team in back-to-back years as a junior and senior… Member of the National Honor Society and was an honors graduate at ERA

Josh Parker / 6’0, 220 / RHP, C / Byram, Miss. / Terry High School

Three-year letterman for the Bulldogs, where he was a versatile standout as a right-handed pitcher and catcher… Named to the All-District first team after his junior season in 2019 and to the All-District second team as a sophomore in 2018… Was well on his way to possible All-District honors again before the season was cut short due to Covid-19, as he had a 1.24 ERA with nine strikeouts in 5.2 innings… Member of the Mu Alpha Theta Club at THS

Thomas Putnam / 5’9, 167/ C, INF, RHP / Inverness, Miss. / Indianola Academy

Highly-versatile athlete that competed in baseball, football and track & field at IA… Played baseball for the Colonels under his dad Clete, a former MDCC baseball standout in the late 1990s… Two-time All-Conference selection on the diamond, where he helped lead IA to the 2018 MAIS AAA state championship… Lettered four seasons for the IA football team and helped lead the Colonels to four consecutive state championship game appearances, including being a part of the 2016 state title-winning team… Named All-MAIS in football and competed in the MAIS All-Star game in fall 2019… Two-year letterman in track & field

Reed Roberts / 6’2, 205 / INF / Winona, Miss. / Winona Christian School

Highly-regarded, multi-sport athlete as WCS, competing in baseball, basketball and football… Five-year letterman on the diamond, where he was voted Team Captain as a senior… Chosen as Defensive MVP and was named to The Winona TimesAll-Crossroads team as a junior in 2019… Lettered five seasons on the hardwood as well, being named to the MAIS All-Star game and was chosen to the All-District tournament team and All-Crossroads team twice… Three-year letterman in football and was named to the MAIS All-Star game and All-Crossroads team… Member of the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Winona Christian, along with being in the Mississippi National Guard

Luke Smith / 6’0, 185 / RHP / Picayune, Miss. / Picayune Memorial High School

Four-year letterman at Picayune Memorial, where he was a high school teammate of fellow MDCC signees Chad Dudenhefer and Chad Stockstill… Highly-accomplished right-handed pitcher who was named to the All-District team on three separate occasions as a sophomore, junior and senior… Was dominant on the mound as a senior before the season was halted due to Covid-19, finishing with a 2-0 record, one save, 1.56 ERA, 24 strikeouts (to only nine walks) in 18 innings and holding opponents to an .086 batting average against

Chad Stockstill / 6’1, 220 / INF / Picayune, Miss. / Picayune Memorial High School

Heavy-hitting first baseman who will join former high school teammates Chad Dudenhefer and Luke Smith in Moorhead for the 2020-2021 season… Four-year letterman for the Maroon Wave, where he was a two-time All-District selection after hitting .306 with six doubles, three homeruns and 20 RBIs a junior, and hitting .465 with eight doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI as a sophomore

Kieran Theriot / 5’11, 165 / INF, OF / Vicksburg, Miss. / St. Aloysius High School

Extremely versatile student-athlete that was a standout in baseball, football and soccer for St. Al… Named to The Vicksburg Post All-County team all four years of high school baseball, along with being a three-time All-District choice… Named Most Valuable Offensive Player in his district as a sophomore in 2018… Highly-decorated soccer player for the two-time state champion Flashes, as he was chosen as the Player of the Year by The Vicksburg Postas a senior… Two-time All-County selection and All-MAIS team member during his six years of lettering… Four-year letter winner in football, where he earned the Virgadamo Award for the team MVP, along with being named to the All-District and All-County teams on two occasions… High school teammate of fellow MDCC signee Haden Luke (in all three sports) and played for former MDCC head baseball coach Sid Naron… Winner of the 4.0 Award and Vice-President of the senior class, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta at SAHS

Logan White / 6’1, 175 / INF, P / Waynesboro, Miss. / Wayne Academy

Five-year letterman at Wayne Academy, where he was named to the All-District first team four times throughout his high school career… Chosen to the All-State team at the conclusion of his junior campaign… Participated in the State Games of Mississippi in summer 2019… High school teammate of fellow MDCC newcomer Cole Evans… Winner of the Steven Palazzo Leadership Award & Rotary Club County Wide Academic Award… Member of the WA Beta Club, FCA and National Honor Society clubs

For more on MDCC baseball, go to www.mdcctrojans.com and to Twitter @trojanbb.

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