Preseason Power 25 Countdown: Mooreville


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.

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school team previews every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: Mooreville

Preseason Rank: 15
2017 Record: 28-9
MHSAA Classification: 3A
MHSAA District: 1-3A
Head Coach: Derek Thompson
Playoff Run: State Championship
2017 Final Rank: 3A State Champions
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 5

Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
William Armistead MS Mooreville 2019 RHP -
Hunter Brannigan MS Mooreville 2018 SS -
Andy Franks MS Mooreville 2018 C Northwest Mississippi CC
Andrew Peugh
MS
Moorevile
2018
RHP
-

 

Stat Rat (X-Factor)

Andy Franks (.421-BA, 37-RBI, 9-2B, 2-3B, 3-HR)
Andrew Peugh (.346-BA, 27-RBI, 9-2B) (1.99-ERA, 59-K, 20-BB)
Hunter Brannigan (.292-BA, 16-RBI, 6-2B)
Jacob Hughes (.263-BA, 21-RBI, 4-2B, 3-HR)
Will Armistead (1.26-ERA, 85-K, 18-BB)
Brent Cummins (2.45-ERA, 21-K, 16-BB)

Outlook
The Mooreville Troopers have their eyes set on another strong season in 2018. Coach Derek Thompson returns nearly the entire team from last year's 28-win, state championship squad. The Troopers will rely heavily on strong pitching and defensive performance to carry them through the 2018 campaign. Headlining the lineup for the Troopers will be two-way players Hammer Franks and Andrew Peugh. Franks and Peugh had a big impact on the lineup last year as they combined to drive in 64 runs at the plate while striking out 68 hitters on the mound. An underclassman to watch will be RHP/OF Will Armistead, as he will make a significant impact on the mound after recording 85 strike outs in his sophomore season.

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