Mason Kendrick will continue his baseball career at the college level. Though his choice of Southwest Mississippi Community College was made official last week, the Purvis standout participated in a public signing day on Wednesday at Purvis High School.
“This means the world [to me],” Kendrick said. “I’m thankful for everything; I thank God. This is a blessing. I’m thankful to the coaches for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level.”
The senior says that Southwest feels like home.
“I went there [to Summit] on a visit and loved what the coaches are doing up there and what they said. I have family up there, too. It just felt like the right choice for me.”
As a junior, Kendrick started at third base for Purvis and batted .392 with 16 RBI. All told, he was a key figure in the program’s resurgence. The Tornadoes (23-6) made it to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs after missing the postseason entirely in 2017.
“Mason’s done a really good job for us,” Purvis coach Tony Farlow said. “He’s a hard-nosed baseball player. He’s not real big, but he plays hard. He had a great year for us last year offensively and defensively. We’re expecting him to bring a lot to the table this year.”
Kendrick is one of several starters the Tornadoes will return, so expectations are already sky high.
“There’s a lot of excitement going around right now,” Kendrick said. “I’ve been playing with these guys since we were six-years-old. We played in Dixie Youth and won a state championship, and this is the year [we win one at Purvis].”
Last month, Kendrick wrapped up his football career at Purvis, quarterbacking the Tornadoes to a 33-6 win over rival FCAHS in their final game of the 2018 season. Kendrick admits that he’s had thoughts of playing both sports at the next level, but baseball remains his first love.
“It was kind of even, and then baseball took over,” Kendrick said. “I got better at it and bought into it more. I’ve been doing it since I was six-years-old.”