Red Rebelettes reach state title game for fifth consecutive year
Back in mid-April there was a high school softball match up of local powerhouses 6A Harrison Central and 2A St. Patrick. As it turns out, both teams point to that 12 inning affair as a turning point as they approach their state championship bids with newfound perspective.
Starting with the Red Rebelettes of Harrison Central who practiced at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College today to simulate the dimensions of USM’s Field, it’s that kind of attention to detail that’s allowed Harrison Central to win the 6A South State title five years running, but last season Harrison Central came up short of a four-peat.
The Rebelettes responded by doing more with less in 2018 and they’re still hungry. Harrison Central Head Softball Coach Jimmy Parker said, “It takes this whole team, it’s a whole team effort with this group because we probably don’t have the talent we’ve had in the past, but we’ve got enough talent. And they use all they’ve got.”
Harrison Central left fielder Gracie Dedual said, “Honestly, it’s been the struggle cause we’ve got a lot of doubters, but I feel like we didn’t want to lose last year, of course, but I feel like it was kind of a kick in the butt that we needed to get it in gear this season. It’s been a hard season, it’s been a long road, but I’m really proud of all the girls for really stepping up and doing their jobs like they’re supposed to. I’m really proud, and I really hope that we can take home another ring.”
Harrison Central gets DeSoto Central for three games, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday from Southern Miss.