PERKINSTON — Fans in attendance at the first-ever games played at the new Ken "Curly" Farris Field stadium were treated to two brisk games Saturday afternoon.
"It's probably the best game he's thrown since he's been here, and he's had some really good ones, including the no-hitter," Gulf Coach coach Rodney Batts said. "He had them under control. He located his pitches. He threw the off-speed when he had to. He was just in total control of the game."
The Cougars (4-4) came back to get a shutout of their own in the second contest, winning 3-0. That snapped a 10-game winning streak, with the Bulldogs falling to 10-2.
Mills-Derouen (3-1) needed 98 pitches to record 21 outs, striking out nine and walking three in the 85-minute game.
"He could throw all four pitches whenever he wanted," said McGrew (Fr., Sumrall/Sumrall), who had a prime seat to the performance behind the plate. "He just filled it up, threw a lot of strikes and didn't give them many freebies."
Mills-Derouen missed the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery but rebounded last year to finish 5-3 with a no-hitter against East Central.
"I felt at home, finally," he said. "It's my third year here and I finally get to play at my home stadium. It just felt great, everything about it."
School president Dr. Mary S. Graham was joined by MGCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Jimmy Estes and board member Bobby Spayde for pregame ceremonies on the field. Estes threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Gulf Coast's struggles at the plate continued in the second game. The Bulldogs managed only four hits, all singles.
"I'm very disappointed in our offense," Batts said. "We go from scoring eight or nine runs a game, and now we bat in thirteen innings and score one run and manage only seven hits. We're just getting ourselves out."
Ty Barnes (Fr., Petal/Petal) struck out six and allowed three runs in five innings to take the loss. He's 2-1 on the season.
Gulf Coast plays in Perkinston again Wednesday when Marion Military visits. The doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.
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