2018 Team Preview: Water Valley

Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director


The Mississippi high school season kicks off on February 26, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 29, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire.

Team: Water Valley

2017 Record: 8-18
MHSAA Classification: 3A
MHSAA District: 2-3A
Head Coach: Jeb Lee
Playoff Run: 1st Round
2017 Final Rank: 2nd in district
Returning Starters: 9
Returning Pitchers: 6


Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
Blayne Clark MS Water Valley 2020 RHP -
Gavin Darby MS Water Valley 2018 LHP -
Chapel Hyde MS Water Valley 2019 RHP -
Ty Kuykendall MS Water Valley 2021 LHP -
Dre McCray MS Water Valley 2022 RHP -
Ty Varner MS Water Valley 2018 C -


Stat Rat (X-Factor)
Gavin Darby (.375-BA, 10-RBI)
Dre McCray (.381-BA, 19-RBI, 5-2B)
Ty Varner (.250-BA, 15-RBI, 5-2B)

Coach Jeb Lee returns the entire line-up and six pitchers from a season ago. Strong defensive play will be important for the Blue Devils in having success, as they will rely on the senior leadership of C Ty Varner and OF/LHP Gavin Darby. A talented group of young players, including OF/RHP Drew McCray and LHP/OF Ty Kuykendall, will also be expected to compete at a varsity level.

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