St. Stanislaus baseball sending four to the next level

Back in March 2021, the St. Stanislaus baseball program retired Jacob Lindgren’s number 19 jersey, which now hangs on permanent display in left field.

The next generation of Rock-A-Chaws see it everyday at practice and it makes those childhood dreams of playing Major League Baseball, or at the very least collegiate baseball, seem that much more possible.

Today, four SSC seniors realizing the latter part of those dreams.

Starting with Ole Miss signee Seth Farni, putting pen to paper with the Rebels almost three years after committing to Head Coach Mike Bianco.

Farni made an immediate impact in his first season in Bay St. Louis, where he hit nine home runs as a junior, tied for third most in the state, just a few months after winning the World Power Showcase in Miami.

Joining Farni at the table are Pearl River signee Kyle Stegall, who is teaming up with yet another 2022 national champion, as well as future roommates at East Mississippi Hill Gainey and Huge LeMasters, who all helped lead the Rocks to the third round of the 3A playoffs last season.

Farni said, “Playing for Ole Miss and seeing them play in the national championship, you really want to live those moments as you’re watching it and that’s kind of what I did, and watching them play, I envisioned myself in their shoes and winning that national title.”

Stegall said, “It’s just cool because we’ve been talking about this for a couple of years now, like one day we’re going to be signed – before we had any offers or anything – we were talking about it. We were going to be signed together one day, and we’ve kind of been preparing for this moment and now it’s here and we were talking about it on the way over here. It was like, dang. We’re actually doing this now, like it’s something that’s actually happening.”

Gainey said, “Like Kyle said, we talked about this for a while for all of us because we’re all really close friends, being able to all make it, play college baseball. It’s fun to all be here signing together.”

LeMasters said, “Yeah, like he said, it’s just really cool to just sign with a group of friends that you’ve always known for a couple years and just really had a close bond with each other. Our families are here. It’s really nice.”

Farni says he’s still keeping his options open when it comes to the 2023 MLB Draft.

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