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George County aims for 6A title after coming up short in 5A in '15

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 George County first baseman Conner Dunlap hits a single to bring in the first run of the game against Petal in the opening game of the Class 6A South State series on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD George County first baseman Conner Dunlap hits a single to bring in the first run of the game against Petal in the opening game of the Class 6A South State series on Thursday, May 12, 2016. SUN HERALD

PEARL -- After playing Madison Central in a spring break tournament, one of George County coach Brandon Davis' assistants had something to say about the Jaguars.

"I hope we don't see them again," he said.

George County will play the Jaguars again, except this time it is for the MHSAA Class 6A state championship in a three-game series that begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

George County defeated Madison Central 6-5 in the Adidas Spring Break Tournament on March 8.

The Rebels (21-7) are back in the state championship round for the second year in a row after falling short in the 5A title series against Oxford last season. They are seeking the second state title in school history and first since 1997.

"Last year, I felt like we had a really good team that could hit well, but then we ran into Oxford," said Davis, who is in his fifth season at George County. "This year to move up a classification and get back to the state championship is an honor."

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After losing four talented players last year, including Tanner Huddleston, it has been the next man up mentality for the Rebels.

George County has also proven tough in tight contests with 13 wins in one-run ball games.

"I love my kids, but at times they like to give me high blood pressure," Davis joked. "When you have good pitching and good defense you don't have to worry about too much except your guy throwing strikes. We've had guys who have been in those situations and know what to do to get out of close situations and that is a good thing to have."

George County is led by left-handed pitcher and Mississippi State signee Walker Robbins, who many believe will be the first Mississippi high school player drafted in the upcoming MLB Draft in June.

Robbins is 8-1 with a 0.64 ERA and 102 strikeouts.

"He's our leader and we've rode him all the way to this point and he just loves the game of baseball," Davis said. "He is just a great kid and has a lot of talent. Put the talent aside, he has been one of the top players I've ever coached just because he's a great person."

Madison Central (25-10) is led by a pair of infielders in Mississippi State signee Will Brooks and Ole Miss signee Trace Tyre.

Brooks is batting .336 with seven home runs and 25 RBI's. Tyre is hitting .392 with three home runs and 22 RBI's.

"This team can hit and will be one of the best hitting teams we will see," Davis said. "Our pitchers are going to have to keep the ball down in the strike zone for us to be successful."

But the one player Madison Central coach Patrick Robey is concerned about is Robbins. Robey is in first year with the Jaguars, who have a .331 team batting average.

"We are going to be practicing for the next two days preparing for him," he said. "Both teams are better than we were we played over spring nreak. We have got to be disciplined at the plate and have good approaches because they can pitch it well and play good defense."

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