LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Red Rebels head coach Pat Olmi has another highly competitive team and it begins with pitching and timely hitting.
Olmi said,"Got a little taste of the state championship last year and we want to finish the deal this year. Defense is going to be solid. We've got to figure out who's going to score some runs. We lost a lot of bats last year, guys who graduated."
All-American first-baseman Bobby Bradley, who inked a baseball scholarship with LSU, returns after batting .567 with 8 home runs and 32 RBI.
The pitching staff returns Reagan Wease, Chris Crosby and Jordan Ladner. The trio combined to rack-up 14 wins and 1 loss last season... a year when Harrison Central posted a 28 and 5 record and lost to Southaven in the 6A State Championship finals.
Wease posted a 6-0 record on the mound with a 2.83 ERA. He also batted .270 with 13 RBI.
Wease said,"I think this year's team can complete just like last year's team, we've got the depth at pitching. We lost a lot of seniors but we have enough support and we'll be just as good if not better than last year."
Jordan Ladner rang up 2 wins and no losses with a 2.05 earned run average.
Chris Crosby made 12 appearances on the mound for Harrison Central in 2013 and was 6 and 1 with a 1.49 earned run average. He knows what it takes to get the job done.
"I don't let a lot of the outside noise and everything influence me. Just come in and focus on one job, pitching and do the best I can."
If Harrison Central is to make another run at the 6A State Championship in 2014 the pitching staff must come through again and some young players will have to step up to the plate and assist All-American Bobby Bradley in the hitting department.