George County baseball players dreaming of the Big Leagues

Following an opening playoff series victory against Ocean Springs, the George County High School baseball team is gearing up for the second round.

News 25’s Andrew Scherer sat down with two seniors who are a vital piece to the team’s success.

Championship flags fly over Claude Passeau Park at George County High School to serve as a reminder. Coach Brandon Davis said, “They want to be that guy one day and that has just built a tradition here to where we feel like we can compete every year to go to state.”

At the core of their success are seniors Logan Tanner and Trevor McDonald who both possess a pretty rare talent: the ability to throw over 94 miles per hour. Carlos Collazo with ‘Baseball America’ said, “Anytime you look up and see a 17-year-old throwing mid-90s, upper 90s, you kind of sit back and say ‘this shouldn’t be happening.’”

That’s faster than the average Major League fastball, but to them it’s just another day at the ballpark. “I try to throw as hard as I can every time, I don’t really think about it,” said Logan.

Trevor said, “I mean it is neat though because last year I never expected myself to be where I am now.”

The duo may not be paying attention to it, but major collegiate programs are. Logan is committed to play at Mississippi State while Trevor is headed to South Alabama. “I’m excited to go to Mississippi State. Hopefully we can bring a natty to Starkville, the first one.”

“They offered me way before anyone else did. I like that. I really like it over at South in general.”

As you walk into Claude Passeau Park, you’re greeted by a wall of names listing all of the George County alumni who were drafted into the MLB. For most young ballplayers, it would be a dream to reach the big leagues and for Logan and Trevor, that’s a real possibility. “Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trevor was a fourth or fifth round guy. At this point, Logan, based on the feedback we’ve gotten now, maybe a little bit later than that, but also kind of the signability comes into play. How much these guys want to go to school,” said Collazo.

“It’s awesome. It’s surreal. I never thought I’d ever be that good coming out of high school. I thought that State was sick, but Major League Baseball, that’s the real deal.”

“It’s definitely always been the dream. It’s kind of surreal right now because it happened so fast, but now that it’s getting closer you get more phone calls and stuff, it’s crazy.”

Until then, a state championship is the only goal.

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