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DOWN TO THE WIRE

Rebel baseball fans are sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of Ty Hensley’s decision deadline on Friday at 4 p.m.

Ty Hensley

Hensley is a right-handed pitcher who was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft by the New York Yankees. He is faced with whether to go north and play pro ball with the Yankees or go south and play college ball with the Rebels.

“Both decisions would be great. There is not a bad answer that I can make,” Hensley said.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity and I am blessed to be in the position I am in. I think it will come down to the last minute. This is a decision that will affect the rest of my life.”

Hensley would be a huge addition to the Ole Miss baseball team on the mound. The humble Edmond, Okla., native already has much to boast about, yet you will never hear him do so.

Hensley helped lead his high school team, the Santa Fe Wolves, to an appearance in the state playoffs with a 42-7 record and a ranking of third in the state of Oklahoma in 2012. He racked up 111 strikeouts in 55.33 innings of work with a 1.52 ERA last season. Hensley compiled a 10- 0 record on the mound for the Wolves, with a fast ball hovering around 90 miles per hour.

Back in March, Hensley pitched a 5-inning no-hitter against Apollo High School in the Coach Bob Invitational in Scottsdale, Ariz. He struck out 11 in the outing.

Hensley is the current Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Oklahoma. He was also named an ESPN RISE All-America first-team selection and was the No. 35 ranked prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS.

Not only was Hensley successful on the mound last season, he was also a force at the plate. He batted .447 with 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 27 runs scored.

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