Former Wolverines filling key roles for East Central

By Austin Bishop
Webster Progress-Times

Nothing Jordan Mixon or Ty Hendrix does on the baseball diamond
really surprises East Webster head baseball coach Wes Johnson.

“He will do whatever you ask him to do,” Johnson said of Mixon, who
along with Hendrix, now play for East Central Community College in
Decatur. “I am really proud to see what he has done.”

He also says Hendrix has the ability to dominate on the mound.

“He just throws a heavy ball,” Johnson said. “I remember one year
Bruce beat him and then the next time he faced them he struck out 14
batters. He throws strikes and is just getting better.”

Both Mixon and Hendrix are former standouts for East Webster.

Hendrix, a freshman for the Warriors, is one of the the team’s non-
conference starters, but East Central head coach Neal Holliman says
the ceiling is high for the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.

“He has a real good upside,” Holliman said. “He’s a big boy with a
live arm. We have five sophomore pitchers this year, so we are
expecting him to be one of our conference starters next year and will
be disappointed if he’s not.”

While Hendrix spends all of his time on the mound, Mixon has become a
dual threat for the Warriors.

Not only does he work out of the bullpen, but he also spends some
time catching.

“We had an injury and we started working him back there and he’s done
a solid job for us,” Holliman said. “He is just a tremendous
competitor. He will give you everything he has. He is just wide open
in everything he does.”

“He did the same thing for us,” Johnson said. “He played a lot of
different positions. He’s a very athletic kid.”

Mixon doesn’t have a particular role out of the bullpen for the
Warriors. “It just varies according to what we need,” Holliman said.
“He can be a long guy or pitching in middle relief. He’s always ready.”

Holliman says as his pitching repertoire grows, Hendrix will just get
better.

“He really pounds the strike zone,” he said. “He is working on a
slider. When he figures ti all out, he’s going to be tough.”