Saints’ Hendrix named conference player of the week

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Gunner Hendrix gets in position at third.

Gunner Hendrix gets in position at third.

Gunner Hendrix was named Player of the Week for the Alabama Community College Conference for his efforts in helping led the LBWCC Saints to a 5-0 record over the past week.

“It’s a big honor,” Hendrix said. “I’m just fortunate part of great team. My teammates put me in a position to drive in runs. I’m not really worried about individual awards. It just feels good to help my team and I was fortunate to drive in the runs.”

The freshman third baseman from Spanish Fort had big week at the plate for the surging Saints, who have won six straight, and improved their record to 12-8 on the season.

During the 5-0 week, the Saints beat Huntingdon once and Wallace-Selma four times for a perfect 4-0 start to conference play.

Hendrix batted for a .642 average over the week of March 7-12 with one home run, one double, one triple, seven runs scored and eight RBIs.

The big week got started with the Saints trouncing Huntingdon 15-2 and Hendrix went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in the victory.

“I talked with Coach (Steve) Helms earlier in the week and we made some adjustments to my approach,” Hendrix said of what got his hot streak going. “I was just seeing the ball well and my teammates put in great situations.”

His willingness to learn is something that Helms said makes Hendrix a great team player.

“He is always asking questions about what adjustments he needs to make and he just drives in runs,” Helms said of Hendrix. “That’s what makes him a great team player, when there are runners in scoring possession he doesn’t try to do too much. He just makes sure he makes contact and gets the runners in.”

Helms said that Hendrix’s hard work in practice has been paying off.

“He has become a very consistent hitter,” Helms said. “He uses the whole field and he has really developed hitting the ball to opposite field.”

Hendrix said he likes the direction the Saints are headed in and he wants the intensity to continue.

“I think we are playing well right now, but there is always room for improvement,” Hendrix said. “We are definitely a good team and I hope we can go for. As long as we listen to Coach Helms, we will be OK.”

For the year, Hendrix has a .348 average with two home runs, three doubles, three triples and 17 RBIs.

The Saints will be back in action on Thursday at home when they take on Alabama Southern. First pitch for the first game is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the second game beginning approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one.