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Location: Oxford, Miss.
2015 record: 35-1
Final Super 25 rank: 3
The Chargers won the 5A state title last season and return a lot of pitching.
Senior RHP-INF Jason Barber (12-0, 110 Ks, hit .337 with 35 RBI and eight HRs), an Ole Miss commit, was the state Player of the Year and did not allow an earned run last season.
Other pitchers include: SS-RHP Grae Kessinger (.354, 19 SB), the grandson of Cubs great Don Kessinger; RHP-OF Houston Roth (9-1, 1.26 ERA, 95 Ks, hit. .354 with 36 RBI), an Ole Miss commit; junior RHP-OF Reid Markle; junior RHP-1B Duncan Graeber and junior RHP-INF Carson Stinnett.
Other key players for Oxford include junior catcher Ben Bianco (.356, 33 RBI); senior OF Sage Mullins (.382). and senior C-OF Thomas Dillard, a transfer from Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), who is an Ole Miss commit and has a quick release and a quick bat. Dillard is viewed among the nation’s top catchers.