HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Senior Drew Boyd is the humble leader of the 4th-ranked team in Mississippi, Oak Grove High School. However, nothing about Boyd's numbers in 2017 are modest.
Entering Friday, Boyd led the Warriors in batting average (.415), hits (27), runs batted in (30) and home runs (4). His 30 RBIs are also the fifth-most by a player in Mississippi.
On the mound, Boyd is 4-0 with a 0.00 earned run average, having struck out 27 batters in 22 innings pitched.
Whether with the pitch or from the plate, Boyd has helped pilot Oak Grove to an 18-3 start.
"We have a special team this year," Boyd said. "Pitching and defense is our main priority in any game. We know if pitching and defense keeps us in the game, our bats are good enough to make a play here or there and jump out to a lead. If our defense and pitching can hold to what our runners give us then we're in good shape."
Boyd signed with Golden Eagles in February, making plans to join his former Oak Grove teammates like Taylor Braley and Kirk McCarty at Southern Miss. A freshman on the Warriors' 2014 state championship team, Boyd looked up to then-seniors Braley and McCarty.
"McCarty, Braley, I know [J.C.] Keys and [Matthew] Guidry are both playing with Southern [Miss] as well," Boyd said. "Just a special team and that was definitely a senior-led team and they showed us what it takes to win. We're trying to translate that this year."
"Obivously our goal here is to always get to the state championship game and that's always not an easy thing to do, you have to have some breaks," said Oak Grove head coach Chris McCardle. "A lot of good teams in 6A, a lot of good teams around. We just got to keep getting better as a team."
Even as a freshman, Boyd was a key contributor to the Warriors' 2014 state title team. As a senior, Boyd hopes to lead Oak Grove to another state crown in 2017.