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Mundy's Mill senior Corey Harmon was named the Southern Crescent Player of the Year after helping lead the Tigers into the second round of the state playoffs.
Question: What was this season’s biggest highlight?
Answer: “Pitching in the playoffs. It was fun. It was a great experience. I felt like when I pitched, I had the whole team on my back. However I would go, they would go. But even if I didn’t do so good, I knew they would have my back.”
Q: How did you improve your game this season?
A: “I feel like I got better defensively. I learned how to be a better hitter as in placement, hitting in key situations like moving runners over and hitting into left field. I also got better at actually being a pitcher and not just a thrower and shutting teams down when I needed to.”
Q: What was this season’s biggest challenge?
A: “Following up on the great season I had last year. That was like my best year statistically in high school. We had to use different bats, so I knew it would be a great challenge. I have no regrets, but I felt like I could have worked a little harder to carry my team further.”
Vitals: Harmon compiled a 5-2 regular season record with a 1.40 ERA in 40 innings pitched. He gave up just 19 runs and recorded 53 strikeouts this season. At the plate, he hit .457 with 31 RBIs and four homers. He also scored 25 runs for the Tigers. In postseason play, he had a 2-1 mark with a save. During that playoff stretch, he struck out 17 batters in 19 innings pitched, giving up just two runs.
Why Harmon: The Albany State signee was a big reason why the Tigers were in contention for their second straight Region 4-AAAA championship. He was almost untouchable in the postseason with two wins and a save. In wins against Jones County and Marist he recorded eight strikeouts. In addition to the win against Jones County, he was credited with the save in Game 3 to give the team its first playoff series win since 2008.
Coach Patrick Smith on Harmon: "I was just glad he was on our side. He's been a starter for four years. The kid really loves the game. He's a smart player who plays without a lot of confidence. I think he is well deserving of it.”
Others considered: Luella’s Chase Scott and Jacob Heyward of Eagle’s Landing Christian.
Where are they now: Last season, Locust Grove Seth Lucio was the player of the year. He was a freshman at Tennessee Tech this past season where he compiled a 3-2 record with 60 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He defeated Tennessee on regional television early in the season.
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