Thursday, May 6, 2010
Nothing like the name Palasini at MDCC
GREENVILLE — Over the last several years, the last name Palasini and Mississippi Delta Community College have almost became synonymous.
Brothers Anthony and Hunter Palasini both played baseball two seasons at MDCC before transferring to Delta State.
Anthony played an integral role on DSU's 2008 Gulf South Conference championship team, and Hunter is currently on the Statesmen roster.
MDCC plucked another Palasini from the family tree Thursday — signing Washington School's Blake Palasini — making him the third of the four brothers to sign with the Trojans.
"I've been waiting for this day my whole life," said Blake, who is hitting .440 for the Generals this season. "It's a good (opportunity) for my education and baseball — to move on and follow my brothers."
Palasini will join teammate D.J. Elkins, who also recently signed with the Trojans.
The duo will be part of a signing class that will include more players from the Greenville and Greenwood area, Trojans coach Sid Naron said.
"We're in the process of pursuing some guys and it's going to speed up over the next few weeks," he said.
MDCC will lose half of their 2010 roster next season with 12 of 24 players graduating.
With such a large load of players leaving, signing another Palasini can really boost their roster, said Naron.
"Blake is baseball-savvy. The knowledge of baseball is a huge attribute," Naron said. "He also brings a great work ethic that his brothers have instilled in him as well."
Now that Blake — like his older brothers — is MDCC-bound, it leaves only one Palasini left for the Trojans to snatch up: Chase Palasini, a freshman at Washington School who along with Blake was named to the First-Team All-Conference squad.
Referring to the chances of Chase following in his brothers footsteps, "you never know," Blake said.