PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts' baseball team has a five-game winning streak, tied for the longest in his three seasons here.
That's an accomplishment, but he's stressing to his players that it doesn't have anything to do with what happens Friday when the Bulldogs travel to MGM Park in Biloxi to play Mineral Area.
"Does a winning stream mean anything really?" he said. "No, other than it means you're due to get beat if you hang your hat on winning streak and think it's just going to happen."
The doubleheader starts at 3 p.m. General admission tickets at MGM Park are $11. MGCCC students and employees will be admitted free.
The Bulldogs (5-1) have outscored opponents 36-21 during the streak, but have had to come from behind at least once in three of those wins. In two of them, they had to rally in its last at-bat to claim victory.
Gulf Coast scored three times in the bottom of the sixth of Tuesday's game against Baton Rouge to keep the streak alive.
"It means you're playing well and doing things to win games," Batts said. "Other than that, I don't think it really means a whole lot other than you should have confidence."
Batts doesn't have much of a scouting report on Mineral Area, a school in Park Hills, Mo. The Cardinals were swept by Southwest and split with Copiah-Lincoln last weekend.
"I tell our guys, it doesn't matter so much what we know about somebody else," Batts said. "It's about whether we go out and execute and play the way we're capable of playing. If we pitch, hit and play defense like we know we can, it doesn't matter what we know about the team."
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