Henry Staying Hot

Jordan Henry doesn't look back on last season as being negative. Instead the rising junior is ready to take the positives and ready for a run in 2009.

Thanks to perennial success, it is never hard to be excited for the next baseball season to start if you play at Ole Miss. That fact is magnified in Henry's case since he is standing out this summer in the Cape Cod League. For the Vicksburg native, fall ball can't happen soon enough.

"I feel great and am really playing well," Henry said. "I'm healthy and comfortable playing a lot of center field. With everything going so well, I'm definitely ready to get back to Oxford and prepare for the upcoming year.

"We had to be mentally tough last year and make a run just to get in the tournament. And then we battled through the regional. You can't see it as negative. You take the good and you use the adversity."

Mentioning adversity could be in reference to the team dropping a regional for the first time since 2004, or it could just relate to Henry's season.

After garnering SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2007, Henry hit some tough spots in 2008 before rebounding late and being the offensive catalyst that was expected, including a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team.

Couple months later, and Henry is still producing.

The speedy outfielder is hitting .310 at the top of the Bourne Braves order and has appeared in more games (30) than anyone else on the roster. Henry has stolen 9-12 bases and is carrying an on-base percentage of .416.

"I've only had two days off, but that is a good thing," Henry said. "We've had some guys leave early, and there was some mixing and matching. But now I'm pretty much in center field everyday. I'm happy with that. It lets me stay sharp.

"The coaches don't change your swing or anything, but they can tweak things, especially in the field," Henry said. "Different opinions never hurt, but I talk to Coach Rob some. He lets me know he is following my game, and we just keep in touch."

Bourne is currently 17-15 and in first place in the Western Division, three points ahead of Falmouth. The regular season ends August 7, but Henry may be a few days later on his return to Mississippi.

And that is fine with Henry, but he is also anticipating getting back.

"Logan (Power) returning is huge for the outfield with the success he has always had, and I hear we have a good incoming class. It will be good to get back to work. To start working to get where we want to go."

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