By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress-Times
After watching Ty Hendrix pitch for his Warriors last season, East Central Community College head baseball coach Neil Holliman knew the big right-hander was going to play a key role for his team this season. He was right.
Hendrix, a former East Webster High School standout, is one of the conference starters for the Warriors and has become a force to reckon with on the mound.
“Last year was more of a growing time for him, but we knew we were going to be relying heavily on him this season,” Holliman said. “He just has something special about his fastball. It’s really hard to describe. He’s not overpowering, but the batters just don’t seem to be able to square the barrel of the bat on the ball against him. He’s just sneaky and it kind of surprises them.”
East Webster head coach Wes Johnson agreed with Holliman’s assessment of the former Wolverine ace.
“I call it throwing a heavy ball,” Johnson said. “His ball flight is a little unique. It stays on the same plane and the batters just seem to swing under it. He has always been able to locate it on the outer half of the plate and that gives him an advantage.”
“He has a good arm and is a smart pitcher,” Holliman said. “If he continues to work on his off-speed pitch he could be really, really special.”
“I’ve always thought he had the ability to be a Division I pitcher and I still do,” Johnson said. “He just knows how to pitch.”
He certainly proved that earlier this season when he and a pair of teammates combined to toss a 6-1 no-hitter against Baton Rouge Community College. Hendrix struck out six batters and walked just two in the contest.