A Duo of Wingate Bulldogs Heads to Harrisonburg

Wingate Head Coach Jeff Gregory is very familiar with the Harrisonburg Turks. Gregory spent his 2005 summer in Harrisonburg at the old legendary Veterans Memorial Park coaching the Turks. The young Gregory was an assistant at Wingate University until he was given the opportunity to advance and take the reins of the Bulldogs as head coach in 2010 where he has been successful in building a strong program. In 2021, his 11th season, Gregory guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA national championship, which was also the first-ever trip to the World Series, after capturing the first NCAA region title in program history. The 2021 season saw the ‘Dogs go 39-13 overall and 20-10 in the SAC, setting the record for wins in the NCAA era. The Bulldogs also won their seventh SAC Tournament title. Gregory was named the 2021 NCBWA National Coach of the Year. He has guided Wingate to one regular-season SAC title and three tournament championships, earning SAC co-Coach of the Year honors in 2014. 

Gregory has sent many outstanding Bulldogs to play for the Turks and this summer will be no different as a pair of Bulldogs head to Harrisonburg, LHP Mitch Farris, and infielder Sever King.

 

Mitch Farris, a 6-2 185 red-shirt sophomore hails from Palm Harbor, Florida. The left-hand pitcher has been a force for Wingate this spring. He has posted a 5-1 record with three saves and a 3.00 ERA in 30.0 innings on the mound. Farris has also been productive at the plate hitting a .398 batting average in 98 at-bats, scoring 31 runs pounding out 38 hits, nine doubles, three triples, nine home runs, and bringing in 33 RBIs. Farris has a .827 slugging % and a .478 on base%. 

 

 

Sever King, a 6-0 180 freshman from Athens, Georgia plays third base for the 38-5 Bulldogs. The right-hander is hitting .372 with two homers, two triples, three doubles, 19 RBI, and 20 runs scored on the season, stealing six bases on six attempts. He is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak, driving in 17 runs during that time and scoring 13 runs. King has multiple hits in six of those 13 games. The young freshman has a .615 slugging % and a .437 on-base %. Most recently on April 19th King was named AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Baseball Player of the Week.

The Turks are excited to welcome these excellent young student-athletes to JMU Veterans Memorial Park this summer.