Prep Baseball Report

MS HS Team Preview: East Central Hornets

Matt Miller
State Director

The 2024 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Mississippi.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in Pearl, MS at Trustmark Park as they compete for a state championship, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Mississippi. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and by continuing other pieces of content covering the Magnolia State.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state. Each week we will be releasing our players of the week, updating the Top 10 in each MHSAA classification as well as a Power 25.

High School: East Central High School
Head Coach: Bo Long
Classification: MHSAA Class 5A
2023 Record (Finish): 28-11



East Central finished last season with a 28-11 record while capturing their 2nd straight 5A State Championship with a series win over Saltillo at Trustmark Park. Head Coach Bo Long will have his Hornets ready once again in their quest for a return trip to Jackson in 2024. 

Top returners for the Hornets include senior Nate Trochessett (INF - Meridian CC recruit), Fischer Strickler (OF/P), and junior Anthony Tanner (OF/P).

Trochessett will look to do damage on offense once again after hitting .362 with 29 runs batted in last season, while Tanner added 21 more RBI’s to go with his .301 average. Tanner and Strickler lead all returning pitches in innings pitched and will be counted on heavily to keep opposing hitters at bay this spring. 

East Central begins regular season play on February 15th versus Pascagoula. 

Find more information on the 2024 East Central High School program below:

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