2015 Signees

Parker Dungan – L/L – LHP – 6’01’’ 205 – Columbia High School, Columbia, MS
Parker Dungan

During his junior season at Columbia High, Dungan helped lead the Wildcats on another playoff run.  The lefty posted a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings pitched over 12 appearances.  He held opponents to a .213 batting average.

“Parker has the ability to throw three pitches for strikes and keep hitters off balance.  He has tremendous mound presence and we look for him to be an asset to the program.” – Coach Hoffpauir




Zack Easterbrook – L/L – LHP – 6’00’’ 190 – Wayne Academy, Waynesboro, MS
Zack Easterbrook

During his junior season at Satsuma High (AL) before transferring to Wayne Academy, Easterbrook served as a solid lefty for the pitching staff. 

"Zack has a strong build and shows good stuff.  As a lefty, he provides us with options and the ability to mix and match.  We look for him to be an asset to our pitching staff." - Coach Hoffpauir





Hayden Freeman – L/L – LHP – 6’06’’ 225 – Poplarville High School, Poplarville, MS
Hayden Freeman

During his junior season at Poplarville High, Freeman anchored the pitching staff for the Hornets in to the playoffs.  The big lefty posted a 7-2 record with a 1.38 ERA over 55.2 innings pitched.  Freeman tallied 69 strikeouts and held opponents to a .202 batting average against.

“Hayden has a big time ceiling and his best baseball is ahead of him.  His velocity continues to increase and he has great feel for his offspeed.  He has a chance to be a rotation guy for us in the future.” – Coach Hoffpauir 




Joseph Gateley – R/R – RHP/INF – 6’00’’ 190 – Taylorsville High School, Taylorsville, MS
Joseph Gateley

During his junior season at Taylorsville High, Gateley helped lead the Tartars to another 2A State Championship.  He posted a 1.05 ERA in 20 innings pitched with 27 strikeouts.  The righty was dominate with a .181 batting average against.

“Joseph comes from a championship background.  He knows how to win and brings a bulldog mindset to the field.  We look for big things out of him.” –Coach Hoffpauir




Luke Goodwin – R/R – C/INF - 6’05’’ 215 – Poplarville High School, Poplarville, MS
Luke Goodwin

During his junior season at Poplarville High, Goodwin handled the pitching staff behind the dish.  He was also a threat in the middle of the order slating a .472 batting average with 24 RBI and a .488 on base percentage.

“Luke is athletic for a big guy.  He has really grown in to his frame over the past year.  His offensive numbers are continuing to increase and we look for his ability to transfer to the next level.” – Coach Hoffpauir





Graham Hackbarth - R/R - INF/RHP - 6'00 185 - Oak Mountain High School, Birmingham, AL
Graham HackbarthDuring his senior season at Oak Mountain High School (AL), Hackbarth anchored the middle of the order for 6A Eagles.  He sported a .333 batting average while reaching base at .418.  Hackbarth drove in 26 runs on 31 hits.  He thrived with runners in scoring position hitting at a .516 clip.

"Graham is a baseball rat.  He loves the game and has a high baseball IQ.  He is extremely athletic and versital.  Graham gives us a solid two way option with his ability to play infield and pitch.  We look for him to big a huge asset to our program." - Coach Hoffpauir




Tyler Kackley – L/L – LHP – 6’00 160 – Wayne Academy, Waynesboro, MS
Tyler Kackley

During his junior season at South Jones High before transferring to Wayne Academy, Kackley saw action in 22 innings.  In those appearances, he held opponents to a .247 batting average and racked up 20 strikeouts.

“Tyler is a wiry lefty with a deceptive delivery.  He has a good feel for his secondary pitches and will add a solid lefty to our bullpen.” –Coach Hoffpauir 



Nic Kennedy – R/R – OF – 5’10 180 – Southaven High School, Southaven, MS

Nic KennedyDuring his junior season at Southaven High, Kennedy posted a .329 batting average for the 6A Chargers.  He drove in 16 RBIs while scoring 16 runs.  The speedy outfielder posed as a threat on the base paths with 4 doubles and 3 triples while reaching at a .405 clip.

"Nic is a very competitve and athletic kid.  He has been in the lineup for Southaven for three years and quarterback for the football team.  We lookfor him to come in and fight for a spot in the outfield." - Coach Hoffpauir





JC Keys – R/R – RHP – 5’11’’ 175 – Oak Grove High School, Hattiesburg, MS

JC KeysDuring his junior season at Oak Grove High, Keys was instrumental in the Warriors 6A State Championship run.  On the mound, Keys had 9 appearances including 6 starts and posted a 3.59 ERA.  The righty recorded 33 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched.

"JC brings his football mindset to the baseball field.  He has one of the best, if not the best, breaking ball in the state.  We look for him to get swings and misses and have the ability to punch out guys in big spots." - Coach Hoffpauir




Peyton Lee – R/R – RHP/OF – 5’11’’ 175 – Picayune High School, Picayune, MS
Peyton Lee

During his junior season at Picayune High, Lee was the ace of the Maroon Tide staff.  As a two way player, he also patrolled centerfield.  He held a 3-1 record with a 1.70 ERA over 7 starts.  In 37 innings pitched, Lee struck out 36 hitters.  At the dish, he posted a .300 batting average with 5 doubles and 1 homerun.

“Peyton comes from a baseball background.  His athleticism allows him to have a chance to be a two-way player at this level.  We look for Peyton to make an immediate impact on our program.” –Coach Hoffpauir



Austin Moffett – R/R – INF – 5’10’’ 180 – Taylorsville High School, Taylorsville, MS
Austin Moffett

During his junior season at Taylorsville High, the speedy Moffett helped lead the Tartars to another championship run.  He burned up the base paths reaching at a .455 clip with 19 stolen bases and 33 runs scored.  Moffett knocked in 23 runs with 11 extra base hits.

“Austin plays the game extremely fast.  He will transition well into our offense.  We look for him to add a lot of pressure on the opposition with his ability.” – Coach Hoffpauir



John Moore - L/R - OF/C - 5'10 180 - Pass Christian High School, Pass Chrisitian, MS

John MooreDuring his senior season at Pass Christian, Moore led his team to a 4A playoff berth.  The left handed hitting catcher posted a .404 batting average while reaching at a .595 on base clip.  Moore slugged 2 homeruns while scoring 25 runs and stealing 7 bags.

"John is a high character kid.  When you put character on top of ability, it is a combination for success.  We look for him to play outfield and add depth behind the plate." - Coach Hoffpauir





Noah Nicaud – R/R – INF/OF – 5’10’’ 190 – St. Stanislaus College, Bay St. Louis, MS
Noah Nicaud

During his junior season at St. Stanislaus, Nicaud posted a .320 batting average and knocked in 14 runs for the Rock-A-Chaws.  He was a solid defender for SSC fielding at a .950 clip.

“Noah made a jump over the summer.  He has gotten stronger and his bat has progressed tremendously.  His ability to play infield and outfield makes him valuable for us.” – Coach Hoffpauir





Drake Nightengale – R/R – INF/RHP – 6’00’’ 175 – Sumrall High School, Sumrall, MS
Drake Nightengale

During his junior season at Sumrall High, Nightengale led the Bobcats to a South State Championship.  He is the reigning 3A Player of the Year.  He slated a .411 batting average with 46 hits and 27 runs scored.  On the mound, Nightengale held a 5-1 record with a 2.30 ERA in 48.2 innings with 67 strikeouts.

“Drake has the ability to play all infield positions and contribute on the mound.  He is a solid baseball player and we look for him to be a contributor.” –Coach Hoffpauir




Tyler Reid - R/R - INF/OF/RHP - 6'04'' 200 - Karr High School, Marrero, LA

Eric Saksa – R/R – RHP/INF – 5’11’’ 190 – East Central High School, Hurley, MS
Eric Saksa

During his junior season at East Central High, Saksa was an integral part in their playoff run.  He posted a 6-3 record with a 1.62 ERA and a .193 batting average against.  He tallied 58 strikeouts in 56 innings on the mound.  Saksa reached base at a .446 clip scoring 18 runs and driving in 16 with 7 extra base hits.

“Eric is a competitor.  He shows good life on his fastball and a plus breaking ball.  We look for big things from him over the next two years.” –Coach Hoffpauir


Parker Thoms - R/R - OF - 6'02'' 190 - Richton High School, Richton, MS

Jonathan Turner – L/R – INF/OF – 5’11’’ 185 – Parklane Academy, McComb, MS

Jonathan TurnerDuring his junior season at Parklane Academy, Turner was a solid option in the middle of the lineup.  The powerful left handed hitter posed as a threat for Parklane posting a .394 batting average with 10 doubles and 2 homeruns.  He drove in 33 runs and while scoring 29.

"Jonathan is a strong blue collar kid.  He posses a powerful bat from the left side.  We look for him to be able to play firstbase or a corner outfield postion and add a presence in the lineup." - Coach Hoffpauir



Dustin Ware – L/L – LHP – 5’11’’ 180 – West Harrison High School, Saucier, MS

During his senior season at West Harrison, Ware helped lead the Hurricanes to the 5A playoffs.  The lefty posted a dismial 0.93 ERA in 60.1 innings pitched.  Sporting a 6-3 record, Ware struck out 72 batters while hurling 4 complete games and 2 shutouts.

"Dustin is a competitive kid.  He shows pitchability while being the aggressor on the mound.  We look for him to pitch a lot of innings for us in the future." - Coach Hoffpauir

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