Mills-Derouen pitches MGCCC to split

Mills-Derouen pitches MGCCC to split

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast needed a win in a bad way in the nightcap against Mississippi Delta, and they rode Dylan Mills-Derouen to it.

 

The sophomore lefty threw a six-hitter to win 2-0, salvaging a split after a 7-5 loss in Game 1. Gulf Coast is now 19-11, 8-6 MACJC.

 

He threw 127 pitches, and none were as pretty as the last one. It came on a 1-2 count, and his goal was obvious.

 

"Strike the dude out," he said. "Honestly, I didn't have any of my offspeed (tonight). All we had was a fastball. He called a curveball, and I just knew I was going to throw a strike that pitch."

 

The Trojan batter never moved his bat, and Mills-Derouen (7-2) notched his ninth strikeout to pick up his second shutout.

 

"I knew going into the sixth he was at 90-plus pitches, so I knew his pitch count was up there," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "Here lately, about any move I've made hadn't worked out, so I said we're gonna ride him. He had a good stuff. It wasn't falling off."

 

Tyler Evans' two-run double in the third provided the only runs of the game. He extended his hit streak to 18 games.

 

Mills-Derouen made it stand up.

 

"I was just groovin'," he said. "The adrenaline was up. It was a huge game for us. We needed a win. I tried to do my best."

 

Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) had double in the fourth to plate the first run in the opener, and Dylan Menhennett (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) had a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 3-1.

 

Delta (21-9, 8-4) went back in front on a three-run homer in the seventh, then took advantage of two, two-out Gulf Coast errors in the eighth to go up 7-3.

 

Chase Lott (Fr., Biloxi/Biloxi) and Champ Davison (So., Pascagoula/Pascagoula) singled in runs in the eighth, but the Bulldogs left the bases loaded to end the inning.

 

Lott finished with two hits.

 

"I'm happy we came back and got the second one, but I told our guys we can't keep splitting when have a chance to sweep," Batts said. "We had chances to win that first game."

 

Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) struck out 12 in seven-plus innings of work. He took the loss to fall to 5-3.

 

Gulf Coast has a mid-week bye and returns to action Friday when Northwest visits. First pitch in Perkinston is at 2 p.m.

 

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