March 28, 2013

Humphreys back on the diamond

After eight months of intensive therapy following Tommy John surgery, Reid Humphreys was able to return to the baseball diamond last month.

Although the Northwest Rankin (Miss.) standout is limited to being a designated hitter, an upcoming checkup with the doctor has Humphreys hopeful he will be cleared to return on a full-time basis soon.

"As far as my swing, it hasn't affected me," Humphreys said. "I'm definitely at 100-percent with that. Hopefully here in a couple of weeks I'll be headed back to the doctor and I'll be cleared to go play in the field."

Humphreys is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with four doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI and a .821 slugging percentage. He has only struck out four times all season while drawing 10 walks.

"I'm having a decent year," Humphreys said. "I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help the team score runs or whatever is need to get the win."

Having Humphreys back in the lineup has helped the Cougars get off to a 14-2 start to the season while chasing another deep run in the playoffs. Northwest Rankin dropped a heartbreaking game to Pearl 4-3 to begin the year but reeled off 14-straight victories before a 3-2 loss to Madison Central on Tuesday.

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