Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

May 2, 2014

Former Red hitting well in Texas

By Andy Heintz Ottumwa Courier
The Daily Iowegian

---- — HOUSTON, TEXAS — Former Centerville High baseball standout Jordan McCoy has been blistering hot at the plate lately.

McCoy, who is a senior left fielder on the Houston Baptist University baseball team, just concluded a 16-game hitting streak. Before his streak ended in a 3-0 loss to Abilene Christian April 26 , McCoy had gone 12-for-17 in the previous four games — he recorded three or more hits in three of the games. In one of the games, an 11-10 extra inning-victory over Oral Roberts, he went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

“I was just seeing the ball really well,” McCoy said about his streak. “I didn’t try to do too much, I tried to stay within myself and tried to keep it as simple as possible.”

For McCoy, the fact that his streak came to fruition during his senior campaign made it all the more special.

“I’ve worked extremely hard and we have a good group of guys this year,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to have a good year so far and I’m looking forward to finishing it on the right note.”

McCoy, who graduated from Centerville High School in 2010, said he still tries to follow the Big Reds baseball team. In addition, the Husky senior went out of his way to explain the debt of gratitude he owes Big Red baseball coach Bill Huisman; a coach who the Iowa high school coaches association selected as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the year in baseball.

“He’s probably the greatest coach I ever had,” McCoy said. “He instilled in me a lot of things that allowed me to be successful at the next level.”