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2010 PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: Area GHSA 1-A, 1-AA & 1-AAA capsules (UPDATE: Corrects "other key returners" for Baconton Charter)

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Region

1-AAA

Monroe Tornadoes

Coach: Cecil Williams.

Years at School: 11th year.

2009 Record: 3-14 and 0-14 in Region 1-AAA.

2009 Playoffs: None.

2010 Season Opener: Tuesday at home against Macon County.

Returning Starters: Demarcus Amos, So., SS/P; Davontei Batten, So., 1B/P; Vantral McMillan, Sr., OF; Bradley Dawson, Jr., OF; Andrew Kegler, Jr., SS/P; Johntavious Strum, Jr., C; Justin Pride, Sr., 1B/P.

Other Key Players: Alvin Butler, Jr., 2B; Dontravious Lane, Jr., 3B/P; Demontrez Jones, Sr., OF/P; Justin Mims, Sr., 3B/C/P; Xavier Rollins, Sr., U.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Crisp Co., Cairo, Westover, Dougherty and Perry.

Notes and Quotes: "If we play together as a team, I think we'll be OK. If we play smart, and don't get down on ourselves, we'll be in most games this year. Pitching is always a concern, But Pride and Kegler can throw strikes and get us through the late innings."

-- Cecil Williams.

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Worth County Rams

Coach: Will Smith.

Years at School: 10 after four years at Pelham.

2009 Record: 11-13 overall and 7-7 in Region 1-AAA

2009 Playoffs: None

2010 Season Opener: Today at home against Turner Co.

Returning Starters: Allen Fender, Sr., P/1B; Tyler Hembree, Sr., 2B; Will Peacock, Jr., SS/3B/P

Other Key Players: Corey Odom, So., P/1B; Ryan Hickox, So., SS/3B; Brandon Weaver, So., C, Bryant Reddell, Sr., DH; Jared Edwards, Sr., OF; Chance Mitchell, So., OF; Luke Powell, So., OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Daniel Henley, West Ga.; Buster Jackson, Southern Union (AL).

Key Games: Westover, Cairo, Dougherty, Monroe, Peach Co., Perry and Crisp Co.

Notes and Quotes: Fender has already signed a scholarship with Darton College.

"We graduated six starters from last year's team. We only have two full-time hitters returning in our lineup. We also have just one junior on the team. Needless to say, we are rebuilding." -- Will Smith.

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Dougherty Trojans

Coach: Jordan Cambron.

Years at School: First year as a head coach, served as an assistant last year with Westover.

2009 Record: 4-17 overall and 2-12 in Region 1-AAA

2009 Playoffs: None

2010 Season Opener: Tuesday at Terrell Co.

Returning Starters: Kendal Hicks, So., SS/P; T.J. Gridley, Jr., 3B/P.

Other Key Players: Desomd Fuller, Sr., 1B/DH; Ezekiel Knowles, Sr., C.

FORMER LAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Demarcus Price, Albany State.

Key Games: Westover, Cairo, Worth Co., Monroe, Peach Co., Perry and Crisp Co.

Notes and Quotes: "We only have three seniors on the team and we first want to teach our kids the fundamentals of the game. We are looking for players. We are playing in a tough region with a very young team. But we are getting better every day in practice, and that's encouraging." -- Jordan Cambron.

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Region 1-AA

Early County Bobcats

Coach: Tommy Holloman.

Years at School: Second season after two years as coach at Edmund Burke.

Assistant CoachES: Jon Randolph.

2009 Record: 9-17 overall and 5-9 in Region 1-AA.

2009 Playoffs: None.

2010 Season Opener: Today at Seminole Co.

Returning Starters: Van Harrell, So., 1B/P; Trevor Willis, Sr., SS/P; Tyler Willis, Sr., 2B/C; Hill Thomas, So., C.

Other Key Players: Ladonis Bryant, Fr., SS/P; Brandon Fullford, So., P/1B; Holden Chapman, Jr., P/1B; J.J. McCray, Jr., DH/OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Adam Crozier, Andrew College.

Key Games: Thomasville, Brooks Co., and Fitzgerald.

Notes and Quotes: "The knock on us last year was no hitting and no pitching. We are blessed with some pitching depth this year, but we're still going to have to hit our spots and rely on our defense. But most of the depth, aside from Tervor (Willis) is unproven. I think we will be improved from last year and we've got the program going in the right direction." -- Tommy Holloway.

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Mitchell County Eagles

Coach: Zach Dallas.

Years at School: First year as head coach.

Assistant Coaches: Derrick Silas.

2009 Record: 2-13 overall and 1-12 in Region 1-AA.

2009 Playoffs: None.

2010 Season Opener: Tuesday at Pelham.

Returning Starters: Kentavius Silas, Sr., SS/P; Ulysses Lambert, Jr., C/OF; Stacy Johnson, Sr., 3B/P; Octavious Bush, Sr., 1B/OF.

Other Key Players: Jeffery Ross, Jr., OF; Shaquille Frazier, Jr., OF/1B.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Pelham and Albany.

Notes and Quotes: "We've got a lot of young kids and they have a positive outlook. Our biggest assets are our youth and team speed." -- Zach Dallas

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Albany Indians

Coach: Charles Chatmon.

Years at School: Third year at school.

2009 Record: 1-17 overall and 0-13 in Region 1-AA

2009 Playoffs: None.

2010 Season Opener: Today at home against Baconton Charter.

Returning Starters: None.

Other Key Players: Emanual Byrd, Fr., IF/P; Marcellas Crews, So., OF; Devante' Daniel, Jr., OF; Joshua Nolin, Jr., IF/P

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Berrien, Mitchell Co., Fitzgerald; Thomasville and Cook Co.

Notes and Quotes: There is not a single senior on the Albany roster.

"We're basically trying to develop a JV team, that's what we've got right now. We are not going to be overly concerned about the number of wins this year because we are trying to get this group to establish an identity and come together as a team." -- Charles Chatmon.

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Region 1-A

Seminole County Indians

Coach: Truette Johnson.

Years at School: 10.

Assistant Coaches: Wes Williams and Tony Buczek.

2009 Record: 14-6 and 11-3 in Region 1W-A

2009 Playoffs: Lost in second round of region tournament to Clinch Co.

2010 Season Opener: Today at home against Early Co.

Returning Starters: Jaquan Johnson, Jr., OF/P; Jake Vinson, Sr., OF/P; Samuel Buczek, Jr., C/P; Collin Chandler, Sr., 2B/3B; Jerrid Colman, Sr., OF/1B

Other Key Players: Josh Buczek, So., SS/2B; Dee Virgin, So., OF; Chris Brown, So., OF/1B; Justin Burke, So., C/P; Joe Moore, Jr., IF

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Sanchez Robinson, Albany State; Tyler Rich, Albany State; Jonathon Buczek, Andrew College.

Key Games: Baconton, Miller Co.

Notes and Quotes: "Offensively, we should be able to score some runs. If we have a weakness it's at pitching depth. Jake (Vinson) is our No. 1 guy, but we don't have a No. 2 yet. We'll have to find out as the season goes along. If we can find enough people to pitch before we get into region play, we'll be OK." -- Truette Johnson.

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Pelham Hornets

Coach: Mike Paulk.

Years at School: First year as head coach

Assistant Coaches: Marcus Singletary, Lucas Turner

2009 Record: 4-9 and 3-7 in Region 1W-A

2009 Playoffs: None

2010 Season Opener: Tuesday at home against Mitchell Co..

Returning Starters: Justin Curles, Sr., 3B/C; Dakota Fenton, Sr., OF; Caleb Morrell, Sr., SS/P; Drew Lamb, Jr., 2B/P

Other Key Players: Brandon Bostick, So., OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Seminole Co. and Baconton Charter.

Notes and Quotes: "I think we are a fundamentally sound team. We're really working on the small things like base running and getting a base hit when needed. That's going to be a big key for us because we aren't a power-hitting team. A lack of game experience and our youth are our biggest weakness." -- Mike Paulk.

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Baconton Charter Blazers

Coach: Bubber Birdsong

Years at School: Five at Baconton; seven years at Abbeville (AL).

2009 Record: 15-7 and 12-3 in Region 1W-A.

2009 Playoffs: Won 1W-A , lost in first round of state to Pacelli.

2010 Season Opener: Today at Albany.

Returning Starters: Tyler Neeld, Sr., OF/P; Josh Davis, Sr., 2B; Chance Tompkins, Sr., C/DH; James Davis, Jr., OF/P; Keifer Daughtry, Sr., Bo Tipler, Sr., SS/P; Douglas Nobles, So., P/SS.

Other Key Players: William Sullivan, So., 1B/OF, Tyler Purvis, So., C/1B.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Miller Co., Seminole Co and Pelham.

Notes and Quotes: "We have some experienced players returning and I expect Tipler, Neeld and Davis to provide leadership for us. The key is how far our pitching carries us. W're going to score some runs this year." -- Bubber Birdsong.

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Calhoun County Cougars

Coach : Todd West.

Years at School: Eighth year at Calhoun; two years at Glascock Co.

2009 Record: 2-14 and 2-6 in Region 1W-A.

2009 Playoffs: None.

Returning Starters: Dondrell Henderson, Sr., P; Ricky Ford, Jr., OF; Kyiah Zachary, Sr., SS; Terrance Shaw, Sr., 2B; DeCarlos Gray, Sr., OF

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

Key Games: Miller Co., Pelham, Randolph-Clay, Seminole Co., Terrell Co. and Baconton Charter.

Notes and Quotes: Henderson, the Cougars best pitcher, is back after missing most of the 2009 following a car wreck.

"We are getting Henderson back, which helps our pitching depth. We also return a good number of seniors which will give us leadership and experience. We still need to find a catcher, we'll probably start a true freshman there." -- Todd West

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Miller County Pirates

Coach: Scott Warren.

Years at School: First year.

2009 Record: 9-10 and 8-5 in Region 1W-A.

2009 Playoffs: None

2010 Season Opener: Wednesday at home against Early Co.

Returning Starters: Caleb Cunningham, Jr., SS/P; Brett Snow, Sr., OF.

Other Key Players: Josh McGowen, Sr., C/P

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

g Key Games: Calhoun Co., Pelham, Randolph-Clay, Seminole Co., Terrell Co. and Baconton Charter.

g Notes and Quotes: "We're an extremely young team. We have two seniors, three or four juniors and the rest are sophomores and freshmen. As much as it pains me to say, we are definitely rebuilding this year." -- Todd West.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Attempts to reach Terrell County and Randolph-Clay were unsuccessful.