Harrison Central Red Rebels making a statement on the baseball field

LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Red Rebels lead off hitter, Derrick Mount had 3 hits in 4 trips to the plate and is batting .596 on the season. Besides his timely hitting, Mount has rung up 3 wins and one loss as a pitcher with a 1-point-1-2 earned run average.

Mount said, "We put in a lot of effort day in and day out and we just play hard everyday."

Harrison Central head coach Pat Olmi has his Red Rebels sitting atop the Region 8-6A ranks with 7 wins and 2 losses.

Olmi stated, "We were talking to the guys this morning. We've still got a long season ahead of us and we should be a veteran team to take us to the next level."

To get to the 6A State Championship junior first baseman Bobby Bradley will be a key. He's batting .634 with 8 home runs, 5 doubles and a team leading 29 RBI's. The LSU commitment says this team can go all the way.

"This team can because we work hard," Bradley stated. He added, "We don't take breaks rain, or shine, we're in the cages hitting or out on the field working. I think this team will go all the way."

Take a look listen at Bradley's power, as he ripped the pitch right up the middle in Tuesday's Gulfport clash. Opposing coaches fear Bradley with Red Rebels on base, so much... they have chosen to intentionally walk the slugger.

James Land is next in the lineup and he's batting .438, with 24 RBI's adding more power at the plate

Land said, "When they walk him I feel that I need to come up and produce in certain situations so I just feel like I should do better and I feel that I did alright with it last night."

Senior outfielder Justin Barna carries a .333 batting average with 5 doubles and has driven home 10 runs.

"We bought into the system that coach Olmi, coach Strickland have enforced in us since we were freshmen," Barna said. "Hit the hard ground balls, hit long hard drives and we'll be successful. With our team speed if we hit the ball on the ground we're going to get on 75 percent of the time."

Senior Bryant Johnston leads the Harrison Central pitching staff with 5 wins and 1 loss. In Tuesday's victory over the Admirals, Johnston gave up 4 hits, with 8 strikeouts in six innings.

Johnston stated, "I didn't have my best stuff. I knew I had a good defense behind me just let them put it in play and I knew they would make plays behind me."

The Red Rebels and Admirals meet again 7 PM Friday in Lyman.

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