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2010 HERALD BASEBALL PREVIEW: GISA, Byne Christian capsules

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

GISA

Region 3-AAA

Southland Academy Raiders

COACH: Tim Goodin.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: First.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Eddie Cowert, Allen Johnson and Lee Taylor

2009 RECORD: 10-12.

2009 PLAYOFFS: Lost in first round.

2010 SEASON OPENER: Today at Fullington.

RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Ray, Sr., OF; Philip Greene, Jr., SS; Landon Hobgood, Sr., 1B; Wes Downs, Jr., 2B; Collin Holloway, Jr., 3B/P.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Key Players: Luke Alexander, Jr., C; Allen Mason, Jr., OF/P; Zack Poulliot, Sr., IF/P; Ryan Johnson, So., OF; Kevin Greene, Jr., OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

KEY GAMES: All region games.

NOTES AND QUOTES: "I think we have good overall team speed. We have lots of pitchers, but I'm not sure of the quality. I hope we can find three good starters out of about 10 guys. We're kind of limited offensively. Only Ray and (Philip) Greene hit in the high .300s last year, the other guys we're not sure about. Our main goal this year is just to improve as a team."

-- Tim Goodin.

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Region 3-AA

Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors

COACH: Tommy Manry.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: Seven after 20 at Calhoun County.

2009 RECORD: 7-12.

2009 PLAYOFFS: None.

2010 SEASON OPENER: This past Friday against Byne Christian (15-0 win by SGA in three innings).

RETURNING STARTERS: Austin Boyd, Sr., C/1B/3B/P; Jamie Varton, Sr., 3B/P; Danny Doster, Sr., OF; Taylor Tabb, Jr., SS/P; Carson Ray, Jr., 2B/P; Nick Lawrence, Sr., 1B; Weston Lee, Sr., OF.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Parker Adams, So., OF; Dillon Driver, So., P/SS; Ethan Cody, Sr., OF; Trey King, Fr., OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Miles Lee, LaGrange College.

KEY GAMES: All region games.

NOTES AND QUOTES: Last year was the first losing record in Manry's 26-year coaching career. Manry has a career coaching record of 397-170, and could reach the 400-win mark next month.

"So far we've been pretty good defensively and we've hit the ball well in practice. The key will be our pitching. We can't afford to get anybody hurt. If we stay healthy and our pitchers hit their spots, we have a chance to have a pretty good year. We'd really like to wash the taste of last season out of out of our mouths." -- Tommy Manry.

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Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles

COACH: Alan McWilliams.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: Two years.

2009 RECORD: 6-9.

2009 PLAYOFFS: None.

2010 SEASON OPENER: Thursday at Southland, 4:30 p.m.

RETURNING STARTERS: Robert Wilson, Sr., OF; John Schramm, Sr., SS; Adam Snyder, Sr., 1B; Andrew Lanier, Jr., P/3B; Cass Stutz, Jr., 2B; Hunter Hatcher, Sr., OF; Josh Howlick, Jr., OF; Aaron Anthony, So., 3B/U.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Zane Hood, Jr., P/C; Clay Wyatt, Jr., P/3B; Derinique Daniel, Sr., C/OF.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: Jason Townsend, Alabama.

KEY GAMES: Tiftarea, SGA, Southland and Mt. DeSales.

NOTES AND QUOTES: Hood is a transfer from Lee County, while Wyatt is a transfer from Westover.

"We were 6-9 last year, but if we'd had another decent pitcher we could have been 9-6. We thinks Hood and Wyatt will help fill that gap. Right now we are still trying to find our identity and are looking for leaders on the team." -- Alan McWilliams.

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Region 3-A

Terrell Academy Eagles

COACH: Ashley Walker.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: Two years.

2009 RECORD: 19-8.

2009 PLAYOFFS: Lost in state Class A finals to Randolph Southern.

2010 SEASON OPENER: This past Saturday against Tiftarea (Won, 5-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Colby Blackburn, Sr., OF/P; Matt Brown, Sr., OF; Cole Byrd, Sr., OF; Cole Phillips, Sr., IF/P; Hogan Skandamis, Sr., IF/P.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Wes Lawton, Sr., C; Brian Ambrose, Jr., C; Lance Shernisky, Sr., P/IF; Adam O'Hearn, Jr., IF; Evan Stokes, Jr., 1B.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: John Brock LaGrange College.

KEY GAMES: All region games, Randolph Southern, Crisp Academy, Fullington and Westwood.

NOTES AND QUOTES: Shernisky is a transfer from Westover.

""We are looking for our senior leadership to step up and show our young guys the ropes. We'll need it because we have young players filling key positions for us." -- Ashley Walker

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Randolph Southern Patriots

COACH: Seth Howell.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: First year.

2009 RECORD: 21-9.

2009 PLAYOFFS: Won GISA Class A Championship.

2010 SEASON OPENER: Today at home vs. SGA, 4:30 p.m.

RETURNING STARTERS: Alex Weeks, Sr., SS; Michael Ledford, Sr., C; Jon Floyd, Jr., 3B; Tanner Stone, Jr. OF/P.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Dillion Thorpe, Sr., 2B/P; Loy Devane, Sr. OF; Grant Kimbrel, So., Sr., 1B/P.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

KEY GAMES All region games.

NOTES AND QUOTES: "The team and I will be learning about each other. So far, I think we've looked pretty good. Out pitching will be decent, we have some depth there. We are strong in the outfield and at third. I think we'll be fine." -- Seth Howell.

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Westwood Wildcats

COACH: Al Timmerman.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: 8.

2009 RECORD: 2-13.

2009 PLAYOFFS: None.

2010 SEASON OPENER: Friday vs. Valwood, 4:30 p.m.

RETURNING STARTERS: Jake Edore, Jr., SS/P; Taylor Bentley, Jr., 1B; Mason Worsham, So., P/SS

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

KEY GAMES: Crisp Academy, Terrell Academy and Randolph Southern.

NOTES AND QUOTES: "We've been hit very hard by numbers. We only have 10 boys on the roster. We'll start two eighth graders, three freshmen and two sophomores. Our core group is good, they are committed to play. But it's going to take some time for us to get where we want to be." -- Al Timmerman.

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GCAA

Byne Memorial Christian Saints

COACH: Stan Edmonds.

YEARS AT SCHOOL: 4.

2009 RECORD: 2-17.

2009 PLAYOFFS: None.

2010 SEASON OPENER: This past Friday against SGA (15-0 win by SGA in three innings).

RETURNING STARTERS: Mike Gonzalez, Sr., C/P; Stephen Smith, Sr. 3B/OF; Kasey Sanders, Jr., SS/P; Josh Hughes, Jr., SS/2B; Quinten Sanders, 8th grade; OF.

OTHER KEY PLAYERS: Colby Gillam, Jr., 3B/OF; Denney Perrett, Sr., 1B; Luke Taylor, So., OF/1B/P.

FORMER PLAYERS IN COLLEGE OR HIGHER: None.

KEY GAMES: Open Bible and Faith Academy.

NOTES AND QUOTES: "Our goals this year are to win some region games and improve on last year's record. We're working on the fundamentals and learning something every day. Overall depth, especially at pitcher, is going to be a problem because we only have 12 boys on our roster." -- Stan Edmonds.