HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - West Harrison hopes to get revenge when the 19 and 14 Lady Canes face 25 and 1 Neshoba Central, the defending Class 5A state champions.
West Harrison head coach Brittany Rogers knows it's not going to be easy when it comes to facing Neshoba Central. However, getting a taste of playing in the state championship finals last season will help.
Rogers says the 2016 Lady Canes are an overall better team when compared the 2015 edition of West Harrison.
Rogers said, "We've a lot better hitting wise. We can hit one through nine. We have a little better outfielders, a little better defense. All around this group is more talented then last year.
West Harrison has two players batting over .400. Junior Rebecca Cuevas enters the championship finals batting .434 with 29 runs batted in and Senior Kristen Sexton carries a .444 batting average with 17 RBI. She says competing in the state finals last season should give the Lady Canes a lift.
"It helps us prepare because they have the same pitchers. "said Sexton. "So, it helps us prepare with hitting and their defense is going to be the same because they only lost their shortstop."
Senior pitcher Stephanie Necaise is the Lady Canes ace. She's posting 14 wins and 5 losses, 120 strikeouts with a 1.50 earned run average.
Necaise said, "I can work high. I can work low. I can work out. I hit spots very well. It's something I've always been good at. I hit fastball spots better than anything and I have a lot of movement on my fastball."
She displayed her tenacity last Thursday when she struck out a Brandon batter with the bases loaded and two outs on a 3-2 count in the top of the 7th to preserve a 6-4 victory in game three of the South State semifinals.