The Mississippi State Gray team defeated the Maroon team 3-2 behind the pitching of Myles Gentry. Included are stats, info and quotes from the Mississippi State Thursday, October 30, 2014, scrimmage.
Player and Coach Quotes:
John Cohen Quotes
.... overall opinion of the scrimmage. - "We are playing one-run ballgames which is really good. I think it is so important for us to have that opportunity during the fall, for every run to matter. I thought we defended the infield pretty well. John Holland made some really good plays defensively. I felt like Lovelady continued to do a really nice job behind the plate. I think our more physical guys are starting to consistently take some pretty good swings during the course of the game. I feel like Collins is one of those guys. Rooker took a really good swing during the course of the game."
... on Trent Waddell's good eye at the plate. - "He kind of has a previous history of that in junior college and even in high school. He has always done a really good job with the strikezone. He is also a pretty good defender at first. We feel like we will also be able to get some innings out of him on the mound. He is a nice addition to our club."
... on Dakota Hudson's performance. - "I thought that Dakota pitched pretty well. When he is down in the strikezone and throwing strike one he is a very effective guy. He threw some pretty good breaking balls today. He is coming back from his back issues and I think he has made some positive strides."
Butch Thompson Quotes
.... on Dakota Hudson's performance. - "The neat thing was him being able to get back out tonight and then start another inning off. It shows some resiliency with his back (issue). I actually thought he was better tonight than he was his first outing. There is still some refining that he needs to do. But I like where he is at."
.... on starting Myles Gentry in the game. - "We started another drop down guy, Logan Elliot, and I think it really helped him. And we did it tonight with Myles. It gives them a longer window to throw. It forces them to do a better job than just trying to win situations with a couple of batters. It forces them to have to pitch sequences against lefthanded hitters, whereas in their normal role you might let them face a couple of righties, then take them out. This allows them to go through an entire lineup one time, righties and lefties."
.... on how he used Andrew MaHoney during the game. - "We basically brought him in to get the lefty. We had two outs and we are trying to train him left on left type specialist right now. He came in and got a ground ball to short and got us out of the inning. We also wanted to see him start an inning because that is a different mindset. We used him for two hitters, one to end an inning and one to start an inning. We had a left on left, then sit him in between inning, then start an inning."
Highlights from the scrimmage:
Dylan Ingram was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Seth Heck was 1-for-1.
Gavin Collins was 1-for-1 with a sac fly and an RBI.
Cole Gordon was 1-for-2.
Ryan Gridley was 1-for-1.
Zack Randolph was 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Myles Gentry threw 2.2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 0 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2.
Dakota Hudson threw 1 inning, allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and 1 walk while also striking out 1.
Top Velocity (Consistent and Top Velocities During The 1st Inning):
Myles Gentry - 80-81, 85 miles per hour
Aaron Dominguez - 84-85, 85 miles per hour
Andrew Mahoney - 83-84, 84 miles per hour
Jacob Billingsley - 84-85, 85 miles per hour
Daniel Brown - 86-88, 89 miles per hour
Dakota Hudson - 91-92, 93 miles per hour
Players by Positions:
1B - Cole Gordon, Wes Rea, Trent Waddell
2B - Seth Heck, John Holland, Matt Spruill, Ryan Gridley