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 June 28, 2000


Girls' 14-under All-Star tourney in town
The Commerce Parks and Recreation Department began its district all-star season last weekend.
Before rains halted play, the CPRD opened the girls' 14-under softball tournament.
Commerce was to have begun play in the tournament on Tuesday, playing Union County, who won their first-round game over Rabun County.
The other first-round game scheduled for Monday was postponed until 5 p.m. Tuesday due to rain.
Towns County was to have played Tuesday against the winner of Monday's Lumpkin County-Dawson County game.
The six-team tournament will play under a double elimination format with the championship game slated for July 1 at 11:30 a.m.
The boys' 14-under and 16-under baseball tournaments got under way last weekend.
The 14-under boys won their first game, in Lumpkin County. The older bunch lost its first game in Union County.
The 11-12 boys' baseball team will start its district tournament in Dawson County July 5.
Union County will host the district tournament for the girls' 11-12 softball, starting July 6.
The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department are scheduled to begin later this week and next week.


BCRD diamond teams set for district tourneys
The Banks County Recreation Department all-stars are already into the district tournament season.
But plenty more action is set to come.
The BCRD 13-14 boys' baseball all-stars are in the middle of the district tournament in Lumpkin County. The team lost its first game and had the second one postponed until Wednesday night due to rain.
The 13-14 boys were to have played Lumpkin County at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The wet weather may push the tournament longer than its scheduled July 1 finish.
Several other age groups will begin their tournaments in the first week of July.
The 9-10 girls' softball all-stars will open their tournament July 6 against Union County at the Dawson County fields. That tournament is scheduled to end July 11.
The 11-12 girls' softball team will also open against Union County in Blairsville on July 6 at 6 p.m. That tournament championship is set for July 10.
The 9-10 boys' baseball team will begin its district July 5 at 6 p.m. against Lumpkin County #2. The title game is scheduled for July 8.
Banks County's 11-12 boys' baseball all-stars will begin July 6 at 8 p.m. against Rabun County in Dawsonville. The tournament is set to end by July 13.


Anglin spending summer on diamond
Jefferson High School alumnus Brandon Anglin is spending his summer pitching for the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL). A sophomore at the University of Georgia, Anglin got off to a good start for the Bulldogs, pitching against the Atlanta Braves during preseason. An elbow injury later in the season hampered Anglin's efforts for UGA.
In his first game for Danville, Anglin picked up the win after working the final two innings of a 5-2 win on June 15. The former Dragon struck out four of the six batters he faced, while allowing no hits or walks.
The second outing came three days later, and the outcome was much different. Anglin faced three hitters in the seventh inning, and gave up three walks. All three runners went on to score, giving Anglin three earned runs with no hits or outs recorded.
Anglin was back in form in his most recent appearance, when he started for the Dans Sunday. Anglin pitched three innings, giving up two walks, two hits and one wild pitch while facing only 11 hitters and yielding no runs. The good outing dropped Anglin's earned run average from an inflated 13.50 to 5.40.
According to their website (www.ciclbaseball.com), the CICL "is one of only nine summer collegiate baseball leagues certified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Certified leagues ... receive financial support from Major League Baseball (MLB) through the NCAA."
The Danville Dans are in their 12th year of play in the league. Fifty-six players from the team have signed professional contracts during that time, with four playing in the Major Leagues. Danville has won the CICL league championship five times, and grabbed the league's postseason tournament trophy six times, including last year.
The Dans play in Danville Stadium, which was constructed in 1946. The 1992 Universal Studios film "The Babe" was filmed at the stadium. Danville plays in the league's Eastern Division, which includes the Decatur Blues and Twin City Stars. Through June 20, the Dans lead their division at 8-4, one game ahead of Twin City and six up on Decatur.
The Bluff City Bombers, Quincy Gems and Springfield Rifles make up the Western Division.
Accompanying Anglin on the team is UGA freshman infielder Jon Armitage. UGA head coach Ron Polk recommended the league to Anglin. While participating in the program, players live with families in the area, and many take on part-time jobs while there.


County all stars set for district play
The season is done, and postseason tournaments have been won. District play is up next for the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department's youth baseball and softball teams.
Coaches met last week to select team members. Over the past week, several teams have practiced on an almost daily basis in preparation for the district tournaments.
The first team to see action will be the 13-14 boys' baseball team, coached by Darren Glenn. The 13-14 tournament will be held in Forsyth County beginning Thursday. There are only three teams in the tournament - Winder-Barrow and Forsyth County, in addition to the Jackson County team.
Jackson County and Forsyth County square off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with the winner facing Winder-Barrow Friday at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, with a second game following if necessary. All district tournaments are double-elimination format.
All other baseball teams will begin district play Thursday, July 6. Both the 9-10 and 11-12 baseball tournaments will be held at Lamar Murphy Park. Jackson County will be represented by two teams in each tournament.
Jackson County girls begin softball play Saturday, July 8. Tournaments for both age groups will be held in Madison County.
Other head coaches for Jackson County teams are: 9-10 girls, Lem Minish; 11-12 girls, Steve Robinson; 9-10 boys, Gary Black and Randy Whitehead; and 11-12 boys, Stan Perdue and Donald Cage.
State tournaments are scheduled as follows: 9-10 boys, July 19-22 at Dublin; 9-10 girls, July 20-22 at Lee County; 11-12 boys, July 19-22 at Thomson, 11-12 girls, July 20-22 at Glenn County; 13-14 boys, July 12-15 at Baldwin County.


Madison Co. summer squad nabs four wins
The Madison County High School summer baseball team continued its winning ways this past week, earning victories in four of six games.
The team defeated Oconee County 8-7 Tuesday, June 20. Josh Fields was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Raiders. Cody Threlkeld and Eric Power were 2-for-3, while Andy Coile blasted a home run. Stephen Seagraves, Chad Youngblood and Adam Nash each contributed a hit. Adam Jordan picked up the win.
On Thursday, June 22, the Red Raiders defeated Oglethorpe County 6-0. Nash pitched the shutout. The Raiders picked up six hits, with Power smashing a sixth- inning homer.
The Raiders traveled to Hart County over the weekend, defeating Franklin County Friday 6-3. Power, Seagraves and Kurt Cooper were 2-for-3. Youngblood, Coile and Fields each had a hit. And Power was the winning pitcher.
The Raiders were then defeated by Elbert County in the bottom of the seventh inning. Fields, Seagraves, Pou and Youngblood were all 2-for-4. Fields homered in the fourth. Coile, Nash, Tittle and Threlkeld each added a hit. Youngblood took the loss.
On Saturday, the Raiders defeated Stephens County 8-0. Cooper, Coile and Jonathan Pou were 2-for-4. Joseph Hardigree was the winning pticher.
Playing back-to-back games on Saturday, the Raiders were defeated 5-1 by Hart County. Madison County bats were silent in the contest, collecting only five hits. Fields took the loss.
The Raiders will finish summer league play in Augusta June 30, July 1 and July 2.


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