Stringer baseball focused on winning another state title

Stringer baseball focused on winning another state title

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Stringer baseball program is no stranger to state championships, although it has been some time since the Red Devils won it all.

They won four state titles back in the 1990s. Defending state champion Nanih Waiya stands in the way of adding another with the Class 1A south state championship set for this week.

It's been a couple years since the Red Devils have made it this far. Senior first baseman Brennen Green was on the last south state squad. He's looking for a different result this time around.

"It was a great experience being part of a great team but we got all the way and got beat there at the south state," Green said. "I feel like I don't want to be given this opportunity a second time and leave it all on the floor right here."
The team's perseverance gives junior infielder Cayleb Dyess confidence entering the series.

"Last year we got down. We just kind of folded as a team," Dyess said. "This year's team we got some fight in us. We're ready for Nanih Waiya's challenge. We know they're going to hit the ball. We just gotta make plays."
Wade Weathers has guided the Red Devils to four south state appearances in his seven seasons. He said this next step is necessary if the program wants to be considered the best in the state once more.

"I mean they are the team to beat in 1A but we feel very confident about playing them," Weathers said. "We're familiar with them. We know they're going to hit the ball well, pitch the ball well, they're just a really solid team. Well coached. Coach (Tyler) Rogers does a really good job with them. We're in a position where to be the best you gotta beat the best."