When the Biloxi Lady Indians celebrated senior night, only two players were honored before the game: Ariel Russell and Stephanie Hendricks.
With only two seniors on the squad, some might feel the Lady Indians are inexperienced going into the playoffs, but their coach Tommy Johnson disagrees.
"We are young, but most of the kids played a role in the playoffs last year," said Johnson. "This is not new to them. Except for a couple of starters, they’ve all experienced the playoffs."
Johnson's squad qualified for the playoffs as the runners up in 6A Division 7, only trailing district champion George County.
For the Lady Indians, their success will ride on the arm of their starting pitcher Brittany Lang. Lang, a junior, struck out 167 batters during the season and posted a 1.16 ERA.
"Brittany has done a great job for us this season," said Johnson. "She has given us a chance to win almost every ball game this year."
Frances Buchanan and Sara Williams could also pitch during the playoffs if needed.
Johnson also feels a key to success will be for all of his hitters to find their rhythm at the plate.
"They are all capable, and they have all stepped up in different games during the year," said Johnson. "What we want to see now is consistency, one through nine."
Ariel Russell, a senior, has been the team's leading hitter this season, posting a .387 batting average.
While the team will be a two seed and will probably play most deciding games on the road, Johnson wants his team to focus on the fact that the second season has started.
"Everybody is 0-0 now," said Johnson. "It’s a brand new season."
The Lady Indians will host Petal, 6A Division 8 champion, April 29, and they will travel to Petal for Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary) April 30.