The last time the Haralson County High School softball team stepped foot into Class AAA postseason dates back to 2012, experiencing several near-misses since then.
But if there's any Rebelette ballclub that can break back into the ranks of the state's best, it will be one that carries years of experience up and down the lineup.
And that's exactly what Haralson County head coach Lisa Warren feels she has to work with this fall.
The Rebelettes kicked off their 2017 campaign this past week, falling 6-4 in the opener at Bowdon on Monday before slugging Region 6-AAA Crossover foe North Murray, 8-6, on Wednesday. The early outlook for the team looks good, according to the veteran head coach, who's looking forward to what this year's Rebelette team can do as the season moves forward.
"We have a really good group of talented kids," Warren said. "Even with our younger kids, there's a good group of sophomores and freshmen who will be able to help us out a lot."
One of those sophomores includes catcher Claire Campbell, who's already made an impact early in the season with a three-run bomb and three-run double in Wednesday's victory over North Murray. While the youngsters are still finding their roles on the field, the team is highlighted by the presence of numerous veterans who have played with each other for several years now.
"I have seven seniors and five juniors on this roster, so that's plenty of maturity and experience to go around," Warren said. "That's always a good thing to have."
Among those experienced returnees includes the likes of 2016 Times-Georgian All-Area outfielder Ellie Maria, as well as senior hurler Marlee Campbell, who steps up as HC's ace after Katie Carter graduated this past May. Campbell's first outing versus Bowdon didn't go the way they wanted to, but Warren is confident that once she gets into a rhythm this season, she'll be good to go.
"She had a few pitches that weren't working as well as we needed them to, but once she gets settled in and get a few starts under her belt, she'll be fine," Warren said.
Haralson will be back in action this week with a pair of region tussles at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe on Monday and a home matchup versus Coahulla Creek on Thursday before hosting the annual Haralson County BBQ on Saturday.
This is the time of year where team's figure out their identity and the Rebelettes are no different. They hope to figure out the makeup of their team quickly so they can get a jumpstart right out of the gate.
"It's very early right now. We're just trying to get a lot of kids playing time so we can figure out what we can do and what our strengths are," Warren said. "It's good to see really quality pitching early because it will prepare us for the rest of the season. We've just got to tighten up the defense a little bit and see if that can get us in the spot that we need to be in."