MSU Commit Helps Team Win State Championship

MSU Commit Helps Team Win State Championship

Sumrall High School won their second straight 3A state championship in baseball over the weekend. And Mississippi State baseball commitment Chase Lewallen, a junior, was very instrumental in helping his team to the two-game series sweep.

"We won two games," said Chase Lewallen, who not only went 7-for-8 as a hitter but also earned a save in the series. "We won 10-4 the first game and 11-1 the second game."

And not only did his team win state but they finished the season undefeated, just the second team in Mississippi history to do so.

"We finished the season perfect, 36-0," said Chase, who played shortstop this year after playing third base as a sophomore. "We are the second team in Mississippi history to win all our games. The other team was New Hope in '96"

And his team only had one close game during the season.

"Our Petal game was our closest game - we beat them 11-9 in extra innings," noted Chase.

While his team had a phenomenal record, Chase didn't do too bad himself.

"I did pretty good (this year)," said Chase. "Going into the state championship I was batting, I think, .437. I think I ended up batting like .461. I also had seven stolen bases in the championship."

He ended the season with 39 stolen bases.

Pitching-wise, he was 5-0 with a sub-1.00 ERA in 25 innings of work during the just-completed season.

Chase will continue with baseball this summer with one of Mississippi's top summer travel teams - the Mississippi Stars.

"I am playing with the Mississippi Stars this summer," said Chase.

Chase was invited to the (Junior) Olympic tryouts but decided not to go so he could play with the Stars in Oklahoma.

"They wanted me and Jacoby Jones to try out, but we decided not to," said Chase. "We are going to go to Oklahoma to the Junior Sunbelt Classic (June 8th-18th) and play with the (Mississippi) Stars."

Although he is still a senior season away from playing baseball for Mississippi State, Chase has an idea what positions the State coaches anticipate him playing.

"Mississippi State wants me to play middle infield," said Chase, who chose Mississippi State over offers from Ole Miss, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Southern Miss.

And he could even pitch for the Bulldogs.

"They (also) said I could be a closer or something like that," said Chase, who has a 86-89 miles per hour fastball that recently topped out at 91 to go along with a slider.

But his Mississippi State career is still a year away. Not so his senior year in high school. And he has two goals for next year.

"Try and win one more game than we did this year," said Chase. And, as he said in my first interview with him, "I'm going to try to win three state championships before I graduate."

Two down, one to go.


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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