April 18, 2019 3:11:10 AM
Ben Portnoy - [email protected]
New Hope High School head baseball coach Lee Boyd knew it was gone.
In last week's 10-6 loss to Kosciusko High School, senior Rye McGlothin delivered the dramatics.
Squaring and swinging the muscular, McGlothin smoked a two-run home run over the wall in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at two.
"The home run he hit cleared the field house and is probably sitting over behind the daycare somewhere right now," Boyd joked. "Probably a 420-foot shot, I mean I'm not exaggerating."
It's that aforementioned power and strength that helped McGlothin reach the college ranks. Wednesday, he signed his letter of intent to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
"It was an awesome feeling to finally get to sign my name to a junior college and just get a chance to play at the next level," McGlothin said.
His numbers speak for themselves. In 61 at-bats, McGlothin is hitting .393 with 24 hits, 29 RBIs and 7 home runs. He's also riding a 10-game hit streak and boasts an on-base percentage of .526.
"He's one of the strongest kids I've ever had and, man, when he gets his barrel there, it goes," Boyd said.
A tenacious worker, Boyd noted it wasn't uncommon to see McGlothin in the batting cages by himself taking extra repetitions.
"He just puts in all the extra work and time and effort, so it shows on the field," Boyd said.
While McGlothin's next chapter is in the red and black down in Scooba, he'll conclude his high school career in the state playoffs beginning at 6 p.m. Friday against Gentry High School.
Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.