After last year’s 27-win season, the Lady Rebels have hit the ground running on a quest to duplicate last year’s record.
It’s been three years in a row that the Lady Rebels have made the North State Playoffs, and Miller said he wants this year to be the year they get over that hump.
“We’re looking really good,” Miller said.
The Lady Rebels will open the season Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Pillow Academy in Carrollton. The B game will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Rebels will bring back seven starters that hit over .300 in 2013.
The Lady Rebels will bring back two clutch players in Hope Clanton and Ashtyn Carpenter, who gave quality innings on the mound for Miller last year.
Clanton went 16-5 for the Lady Rebels with a 2.31 ERA, and Carpenter had a stellar record of 11-5. At the plate Carpenter batted .423 and drove in 21 runs.
Cori McCrary enters her senior year after putting up a great season at third for Miller and the Lady Rebels. Last year, McCrary hit .472 and finished as one of the district’s top defensive players.
Junior Avery Thornton returns to the Lady Rebels at second base, with Sydney Claire Liddell holding first base. Madison Womble returns to shortstop after posting a 19 RBI season last year, and Madison Shelton will return as catcher. Megan Shelton and Jace McCorkle are the outfielders, and when not on the mound, Clanton and Carpenter will see time at centerfield as well. Miller said Sandy Rhea Tackett will also pitch this season.
“We’re loaded this season,” Miller said. “These girls have been playing together since the eighth grade, and when fresh, we’re very good.”
In 4-A play this year, the Lady Rebels will compete against Central Holmes, Benton, Humphreys Academy, and Sharkey-Issaquena Academy.
Miller said he does not know about the district, but Benton and Central Holmes are likely to be the threat in league play. He also said the non-district schedule is a tough one.
“We play Winona Christian, Jackson Prep, and we’ve scheduled five tournaments,” this only makes us better. These girls have worked hard since June 2, and they’re up for any challenge. Our goal is to win the final game, and that’s the championship.”