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JUNE 25, 2003

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BCRD all-star teams to play in upcoming tournaments
Banks County Recreation Department’s baseball and softball all-star teams will be playing in district tournaments in the coming days.
The 10 and under fast-pitch softball girls will play Dawson County at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Dawson County.
If they win, Banks will play again Friday at 8 p.m. against Towns County. Should the team lose the first game against Dawson County, they’ll play Friday at 6 p.m. against the loser of the White and Union County game.
The 12 and under fast-pitch softball girls will play Union County Thursday at 8 p.m. at Dawson County.
Should they win, they’ll play again Friday at 8 p.m. against White County. If Banks loses, they’ll play Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
The midget boys all-star team will play the winner of the Union and White County game on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Union County.
If they win, they’ll play again that afternoon at 2:15 p.m. If Banks loses the first game, they’ll play at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday against the loser of the Towns County and Commerce game.
The all-star mite boys will play Union County on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
If they win, they’ll play Monday at 8 p.m. Should Banks lose the first game, they’ll play Monday at 6 p.m. against the loser of the White and Towns County game.

15-17-Year-Old Team Denied Trip To State
The Commerce 15-17-year-old summer baseball team will be staying at home for July after their bid for a state tournament appearance fell short Monday night in a double header loss to Lumpkin County at home.
The team, essentially made up of Commerce High School baseball players, dropped the district series championship opener 11-3 and the night cap 6-2 to lower its record to 10-8 on the year.
Commerce will finish the season Monday against East Hall while the JV squad will play the Vikings’ JV squad Thursday.
With his team’s season winding to a close, head coach Gerald Jordan said he’s been very satisfied with the team’s summer session despite the absence of a state tournament showing. Even if the team falls Monday to East Hall, they’ll still end the season with a winning record.
“That’s the important thing,” Jordan said of his team already securing a .500 record.
Jordan explained that the summer season has been beneficial toward honing the players skills for the 2004 high school season, pointing out that four or five hitters have had over 50 at bats this season while the pitching staff has gotten extensive work.
“I think it did them a world of good,” he said.
The coach also said that players have emerged as well. Jordan has been especially pleased with the summer mound work of rising senior Brandon Smallwood who threw a complete game in the second contest of Monday night’s double header.
“I’ve been very impressed with Brandon Smallwood’s pitching,” he said.
In Monday’s night cap, Lumpkin County scored four times in the second inning and twice more in the fourth during the second game in clinching their pass to state.
Lumpkin County picked up three of their four second inning runs as a result of Commerce defensive miscues. After an RBI single to center field to make the score 1-0, Lumpkin scored its second run off a botched double play attempt and got two more a batter later off a double error.
The visitors then notched their pair of fourth-inning scores with a long, two-strike, two-out, two-run single to the left field corner to give them a 6-0 lead.
Cole Butler accounted for both Commerce’s runs, snapping Lumpkin’s shutout bid with a an RBI off a fielders’ choice in the fourth inning which scored Jesse Smith and then adding an RBI single to center field in the sixth.
A pair of long balls unraveled Commerce in the first game.
Leading 2-0 after a half inning, Commerce surrendered a three-run homer in the first inning before giving up a back-breaking grandslam in the fourth in the eight-run loss.
The 15-17-year-old all-star squad had been competing in a month-long regular season schedule against prep summer baseball teams prior to playing the Lumpkin County all-stars for the district championship.
Commerce was coming off a third-place finish in the state last year in the Georgia Parks and Recreation League.
The team took the district title due to a forfeit by Lumpkin County in the championship series.

District tournaments up for grabs
After a week to prepare, the Jefferson and Jackson County recreation department all-star teams will take the field this week in the first step of state tournament play on the diamond.
9-and-10 year-old boys
The 9-and-10 year-old boys tournament kicks things off in Jackson County this week with play beginning Wednesday at Lamar Murphy Park.
Jackson County No. 2 plays Hall County No. 1 in the opening game of play beginning at 6 p.m. The winner will move on to take on the winner of the Jefferson/ Alpharetta game that follows that same night at 8 p.m.
Also in the draw, Jackson County No. 1 will take on the winner of Atlanta and Hall County No. 2 on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
All games will be played on Field 5 at LMP.
10-and-11 year-old boys
Similar matchups will take place in the first round of play in the 10-and-11 year-old division as well. Jackson County No. 2 plays Hall County No. 1 in the opening game of play beginning at 6 p.m. The winner will move on to take on the winner of the Jefferson/ Alpharetta game that follows that same night at 8 p.m. Also in the draw, Jackson County No. 1 will take on the winner of Atlanta and Hall County No. 2 on Friday beginning at 5:30
Championship games for both age groups will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at LMP.
13-and-14 year-old boys
One local contingent of players will take part in the 13-and-14 year-old division of the boys baseball district tournament beginning Wednesday at LMP.
Jackson County takes on Atlanta beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Field 3 for the right to play the winner of Barrow Co./ Hall Co. vs. Alpharetta on Friday at 6 p.m.
Championship game time is set for Monday at 8:30 p.m. also on Field 3 at LMP.
9-and-10 year-old fast-pitch tournament
Fast-pitch teams from Jefferson and Jackson County will also participate in the District 7 tournament beginning Friday at the Jefferson ball fields. Both squads are slated to meet teams from Forsyth County in the opening round of play with Jefferson playing at 6 p.m. and Jackson County scheduled to follow at 8 p.m. Winners will meet the following day at 12 p.m. while the title game is set for later that afternoon.

McCain takes sixth in 144-player field at Georgia State Jr. Championship
Macon’s Idle Hour Golf Club might be becoming Seth McCain’s home course away from home.
After winning his first event of the year there back in January, the Comer teen fired a 68 on the course on the final day of the Georgia State Junior Championship to finish sixth out of a 144 person field this past Wednesday.
McCain, who shot 73-75 in the first two rounds, was 12th heading into the final day before posting his two-under par score.
The rising Madison County High School junior finished first out of a 59-player field in his showing there five months ago.
McCain will now compete in the qualifying round for the U.S. Junior Championship Monday at Athens Country club. The championship will be in Maryland in July.
McCain has also qualified for the Georgia/South Carolina Challenge match which will be held in Hilton Head in July.
McCain’s performance at the Georgia State Championship comes on the heels of an impressive second place showing in the Port Armour Class June 8-9 where he posted scores of 74 and 77.
McCain, the top player for the Raider golf team this spring and the 2002 8-AAA region champion, was the PGA junior tour’s player of the year last season for the state of Georgia.

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