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JULY 2, 2003


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All-star 9 and 10-year-old girls headed to state
A 2-2 record in the district all-star tournament was enough to earn Banks County’s 9 and 10-year-old fast-pitch girls a trip to the state tournament in two weeks.
The team will play on Thursday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at Union County’s Meek Park against the winner of the District 5 tournament.
Should the girls win that game, they’ll play on Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m. If they lose the first game, Banks’ all-stars must play July 18 at 4 p.m.
In the district tournament last week, the Banks County girls led off with a 21-2 loss to a hard-hitting Dawson County team.
They rebounded with an 11-0 shutout of White County and beat Towns County 24-0 to win the state tourney berth.
They fell to Union County in their final game of the district tournament.
Team members include: Hayley Baird, Lauren Taylor, Lindsey McDuffie, Ashley Denton, Laura Pickens, Brooke Harris, Kim Thomas, Jordan Rogers, Madison Porter and Erin Kelley.
The team’s coaches are Jimmy Thomas and Rodney Porter.


State Awaits
The Commerce 14-and-under boys’ all-star baseball team punched its ticket to Adel July 9-12 for the state tournament after picking up three straight wins this past week in taking the district championship in Cleveland.
Commerce outlasted White County in a nail-biter Friday, then downed them by four runs in a rematch to secure the district championship. The team opened the tournament with a 10-run stomping of Lumpkin County Thursday.
The team brought out its bats in its championship run, averaging nearly 13 runs a game in its three wins.
COMMERCE 15,
LUMPKIN COUNTY 5
Commerce wasted little time in setting the tone for the tournament, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight runs in its first at bat in Thursday night’s 15-5 opening win over Lumpkin County.
After giving up three runs in the bottom of the first due to some shaky defense, Commerce settled down and surrendered only two more scores the rest of the way in the lopsided win.
Andy Briscoe, Cohen Cooke, Tyler Ledbetter and B.G. Sanders led the team offensively with two hits each.
Briscoe and Dusty Black both pitched with Briscoe getting the win.
COMMERCE 12, WHITE COUNTY 11
Josh Beauchamp drove in the tying and go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Sanders added an insurance RBI as Commerce held off White County in a 12-11 seesaw affair.
With Commerce down 10-9, Beauchamp delivered a two-out, two-run basehit to give his team an 11-10 lead and then scored on a hit by Sanders, giving the 14-and-under all stars a two-run cushion heading into the final inning.
White County threatened in the seventh with a score, but Commerce reliever Taylor Streetman got his team out of the inning to pick up the win.
Streetman worked five innings in relief of Black who started and pitched the first two innings.
Commerce again came out with hot bats to start the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.
However, White County scored once in the second inning and six more times in the third to surge ahead 7-3.
Highlighted by a two-out triple from Beauchamp, Commerce bounced back with three scores in the third to cut the lead to 7-6.
White County took an 8-6 lead into the fifth but Commerce’s bats struck once again with three more runs to take a 9-8 advantage.
However, the lead was short-lived as White answered with two scores in the sixth to regain the lead at 10-9.
Briscoe and Streetman started the bottom of sixth off with back-to-back hits, setting up Beauchamps’ and Sanders’ clutch hits.
Beauchamp and Dexter Bonds each had three hits to lead the offense while Briscoe, Streetman and Sanders each had two.
COMMERCE 11, WHITE COUNTY 7
Commerce put six runs on the board in the first inning and carried an 11-3 lead into the final inning in its 11-7 district championship win over White County.
White earned the rematch in the title game by defeating Lumpkin County Saturday morning. To win the title, White County would have had to beat Commerce twice but the 14-and-under team put that to rest early with its big first inning.
With a sizeable lead, Briscoe then put his pitching in cruise control, allowing just three runs over the next six innings while he and his teammates added five more runs to take an eight-run edge into the seventh inning.
Several defensive miscues by Commerce allowed White County to score four times before the squad finished off the tournament hosts to secure the championship.
Briscoe went the distance on the mound as well as going 4-for-4 from the plate.
Jake Flint, Black and Cohen Cooke added two hits each for the offense.
Briscoe and Dusty Black both pitched with Briscoe getting the win.
COMMERCE 12,
WHITE COUNTY 11
Josh Beauchamp drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Sanders added an insurance RBI as Commerce held off White County in a 12-11 seesaw affair.
With Commerce down 10-9, Beauchamp delivered a two-out, two-run basehit to give his team an 11-10 lead and then scored on a hit by Sanders, giving the 14-and-under all stars a two-run cushion heading into the final inning.
White County threatened in the seventh with a score, but Commerce reliever Taylor Streetman got his team out of the inning to pick up the win.
Streetman worked five innings in relief of Black who started and pitched the first two innings.
Commerce again came out with hot bats to start the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.
However, White County scored once in the second inning and six more times in the third to surge ahead 7-3.
Highlighted by a two-out triple from Beauchamp, Commerce bounced back with three scores in the third to cut the lead to 7-6.
White County took an 8-6 lead into the fifth but Commerce’s bats struck once again with three more runs to take a 9-8 advantage.
However, the lead was short-lived as White answered with two scores in the sixth to regain the lead at 10-9.
Briscoe and Streetman started the bottom of sixth off with back-to-back hits, setting up Beauchamp's and Sanders’ clutch hits.
Beauchamp and Dexter Bonds each had three hits to lead the offense while Briscoe, Streetman and Sanders each had two.
COMMERCE 11,
WHITE COUNTY 7
Commerce put six runs on the board in the first inning and carried an 11-3 lead into the final inning in its 11-7 district championship win over White County.
White earned the rematch in the title game by defeating Lumpkin County Saturday morning. To win the title, White County would have had to beat Commerce twice but the 14-and-under team put that to rest early with its big first inning.
With a sizeable lead, Briscoe then put his pitching in cruise control, allowing just three runs over the next six innings while he and his teammates added five more runs to take an eight-run edge into the seventh inning.
Several defensive miscues by Commerce allowed White County to score four times before the squad finished off the tournament hosts to secure the championship.
Briscoe went the distance on the mound as well as going 4-for-4 from the plate.
Jake Flint, Black and Cohen Cooke added two hits each for the offense.


Jefferson 9-10 team wins district title; Jackson Co. squads move on to state
After a feverish few days of action at Lamar Murphy Park in Jefferson, three local teams extended their postseason lives a bit further and assured themselves that baseball will be played in July.
9-and-10 year-olds
Not even a twenty-minute rain delay could do much to lessen the anticipation on Monday night, because the 9-and-10 year-old District 7 title game meant more than a trip to Walton County for state, it also meant bragging rights.
If nothing else the local area was represented well in the affair, as Jefferson and Jackson County met in the championship game Monday night. An 8-1 result in favor of the Jefferson team means they will advance on to face Walton County in the first round of state on July 16 at 6 p.m.
11-and-12 year-olds
After an impressive march to the tournament finals against Adamsville-Atlanta, one of two Jackson County squads fell in the championship for District 7. Despite the loss the team will move on to play in the Class B state tournament on July 16 in Carrollton, Ga. Teams are separated into Classes in state play based on population figures which are designed to ensure fairness.
13-and-14 year-olds
In the oldest age group tournament, the 13-and-14 year-old division, a strong Jackson County squad marched to the finals without losing, however then proceeded to drop two-straight games to Hall County to finish as runners-up in District 7.
An exciting 11-9 defeat in the first game allowed Hall County to set up the decisive final contest which they also won, this time to the tune of 16-6. Despite the defeat, Jackson County moves on to play in the Class B state tournament on July 9 at West Walton Park in Walton County. They will play the host team beginning at 1 p.m. on that date.
9-and-10 fast-pitch update
In the only GRPA District 7 fast-pitch tournament taking place at the Jefferson ball fields last Saturday, the home side from Jefferson came away with the tournament crown and secured a spot in the state tournament later this month. Jefferson’s 6-2 win over Forsyth allowed the squad to earn a July 16 date with the District 2 champion in Dublin, Ga. beginning at 8:30 p.m. The title came despite an early loss to North Forsyth which forced the team to remain unscathed through the rest of the tournament.


Madison Co. all-star teams faring well early on
The recreation department had two teams move onto state tournaments last year and the initial returns this year indicate that 2003 could be a successful encore for Madison County.
Through Monday’s action, eight Madison County Recreation Department teams sported a combined 13-6 record.
The senior league all stars have not yet played and were set to start today (Wednesday) while results from the Junior League softball all stars weren’t available.
Not counting three head to head Madison County encounters between American and National league squads, recreation departments teams have lost just a combined three times to out-of-county foes.
The Junior American League all-stars and the 9-and-10 year-old softball all stars, both playing in double elimination tournaments in Danielsville, sport 2-0 records.
At 2-1 are the American and National 9-and-10-year-old boys’ all-star teams, playing in a “pool play” tournament in Hartwell, as well as the Madison County National League Little League all-stars who are also playing in a pool play tournament in Hartwell.
If any of these squads are among the top two teams out of their pool (which is based on their round-robin record in pool play), they advance to the semifinal round where one seeds square off against the two seeds.
The winners from those two contests meet for the district championships.
Several teams were scheduled to continue tournament play this past Tuesday night but rains from tropical depression “Bill” were pounding Northeast Georgia at press time.
MADISON COUNTY VS. MADISON COUNTY
Madison County recreation department teams have met three times so far and each have been close affairs.
The 9-10-year-old American League all-stars downed their National League counter parts 2-1 Saturday as did the 11-and-12-year old American League all-stars who topped the National League 5-3.
Sunday, the Junior American League all-stars beat the National League 5-4 sacrifice fly in extra innings.


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