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
Commerce was to have begun play in the tournament on Tuesday,
playing Union County, who won their first-round game over Rabun
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.