Mid-Carolina enjoyed another highly successful baseball campaign under first-year coach Hu Mills. The Rebels won the Region 3-2A championship, earned an Elite Eight spot in the playoffs and finished with a 23-5 record.
“We had big wins early in the season against Spring Valley and Lexington., and those gave the players confidence in what the coaches were teaching and it gave the team confidence in me as a new coach,” said Mills.
“One of our goals this season were to become a more disciplined baseball team, and we were able to improve upon as the season went along. Our seniors worked hard all year and were a joy to be around. Unfortunately, we lost out to Chesnee and a very good left-handed pitcher. As a team and coaching staff we look forward continued success in the future.”
Krishawn Holley, Tevins Walker, Hubert Wicker, Martez Gallman, Jonathan Davenport and Dontre Wise are the graduating seniors. Holley, a four-year varsity player, was named the Region 3-2A player of the year after going 7-2 with a 1.32 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 52 innings on the hill, not to mention hitting .365 with four home runs and 28 RBIs. Wicker hit .368 and swiped 30 bases. Walker (.303, 23 SB, 15 RBI) and Gallman (.343, 33 RBI, 4 HR) also had all-region caliber campaigns.
The top returning player is pitcher C.J. Edwards, who went 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 86 whiffs in 55.2 innings. Blake Stuck (.294, 15 RBI), Jackson Swindler (.286, 11 RBI, 10 SB), Devin Holland (.325, 19 RBI, 15 SB, 4 HR) and Jared Parnell (.358, 31 RBI, 3 HR) are the other key returning hands.
“We are excited about our team for next season,” said Mils.
“We return our ace (Edwards) and several other pitchers with big game experience. Defensively, our outfield will be fast and athletic. The infield will be solid with four starters back. Offensively, we have potential to be better than this season. Our biggest hole to fill will be behind the plate.”