By Austin Bishop
The Webster Progress Times
For Ty Hendrix, the decision wasn’t really that hard to make.
The former East Webster High School standout weighed his options after
pitching two years at East Central Community College and decided it was time to try and live out a dream.
“I had some offers (from Mississippi College and Belhaven), but I decided I wanted to go and try to walk on at Mississippi State,” Hendrix said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m going to give it a try.”
The big right-hander had a 3-5 record at ECCC last season in 16 games, striking out 56 batters in 64.2 innings of work. He also pitched six innings on the front end of a no-hitter for the Warriors against Baton Rouge CC last season.
“He has got a shot at making it,” said East Webster head coach Wes Johnson of Hendrix’ decision to walk on at MSU. “He has got the body (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and he has a lot of God-given ability. He’s very coachable and always listened and tried to do what you asked him to do.
“Ty just pounds the strike zone and has pretty good control,: Johnson said. “He makes the other team earn everything it gets.”
“My coach at East Central always told me that I pitch out of the plane of the batter’s swing,” Hendrix said. “I can locate my fastball pretty much all the time.” Hendrix said his fastball is normally clocked in the mid to upper 80s.
He said he has no regrets over passing up scholarship offers in order to get a chance to play for the Bulldogs.
“If I make it I will be happy to be able to pitch on the next level and maybe become a part of the bullpen,” he said. “If I don’t, then I will know I tried.”