by: James O Covington
ROXIE, MS - Franklin County High grad Casey Edwards will coach his Brookhaven Academy Cougars against defending champion Centreville Academy Thursday at 4:30 in Brookhaven for the South State Championship in Academy baseball.
Edwards, whose team eliminated Wayne Academy and No. 1 ranked Central Private in recent weeks will have their hands full with a cat-quick Centreville Tigers team.
"This is what it comes down too, the best two teams in the South playing to go to a State Championship," said Edwards. "We've both won the last two State Championships, and its been a rivalry between us because of that."
Brookhaven Academy won State in 2010, than Centreville followed behind last year. Both teams are loaded with talent again, and MLB Scouts are expected to be on hand for the series.
"When these two teams play, you've got to be there," said Minnesota Twins Regional Scout Rick Sellers. "Both are strong this year."
Centreville is led by LSU signee Hunter Devall, a crafty left-handed pitcher that's hit 91mph on radar guns. The Tigers also have shortstop Hunter Travis, a Louisiana Tech signee and catcher Tyler Towles, a Southwest C.C. signee.
For Brookhaven Academy, the team is basically young except for All-State senior centerfield Christian (Bubba) Keene, a 6-foot, 4-inch switch hitter and likely a MLB Draft Pick come June. Co-Lin signee Hunter Franklin is also a solid hitter for the Cougars.
Game One of the Series will be Monday Night (April 30th) at Centreville starting at 7pm.
Source: FCNews Sports; James O. Covington, Sportwriter