The American Legion Albany Post 30 Jr. team poses with the state title trophy it won over the weekend. The team is made up of, back row, from left, coaches Charlie Maxwell and Darin Denney, players Wil Akins, Josh Black, Kh’Ron McClain, Dillon Hughes, Matthew Fox, Luke Spalinger and Jack Bell, as well as manager Don Norman and coaches Michael Harbuck and Dusty Dedge. Front row, from left, Mason Wisener, Logan Maxwell, Dallas Denney, Jacob Thacker Austin Sheltra and Ryan Toole. Not pictured: Dalton Dedge and Chris McGinnis.
LOGANVILLE — As the season stretched on, Charlie Maxwell saw his American Legion Albany Post 30 Jr. team come together as one.
That’s how they became unbeatable.
The Post 30 Jr. team, which is made up of area baseball players age 17-and-under, won the American Legion junior state tournament Sunday, defeating the host team, Loganville Post 233, in the championship game, 12-7.
“It was the way they worked together and everybody believing in each other,” said Maxwell, Post 30’s head coach.
Maxwell then added: “We had different players contribute throughout the season, and they stepped up when we needed them to.”
The team found its groove late in the season, going 4-0 in a tournament in North Florida two weeks ago and finishing 2-0 in the state tournament.
Maxwell said the late-season surge was all because of his team’s cohesiveness.
“We definitely came together once we started playing as a team,” he said. “(After winning the state title), we just told them that because of their hard work and pulling together that we were ale to accomplish our goals we set. And we look forward to the next year when we compete as a senior team.”
The state tournament, which was won last season by the Leesburg Post 182 Jr. team, didn’t include either the Post 30 or Post 182 Sr. squads.
In the title game, Lee County’s Mason Wisner got the win after pitching six innings in relief, giving up just two runs and striking out seven.
Dalton Dedge from Terrell Academy led the Post 30 Jr. team from the plate with two hits and five RBI, while Deerfield’s Kh’Ron McClain was 3-for-4 with three runs, Terrell Academy’s Logan Maxwell was 1-for-3 with three RBI and Southland’s Dillon Hughes was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Lee County Dixie League team staves off elimination in World Series
BARTOW, Fla. — The Lee County Dixie League All-Star team exploded for four runs in the first inning and held on to win Tuesday’s game against Team Mississippi, 4-3, in the losers’ bracket of the Dixie League World Series.
Lee County, which is representing Georgia, is one of just four teams remaining in the tournament and will play again at 6 p.m. today against Team South Carolina.
Lee County’s offense came alive when Garrett Suiter led off the first inning with a walk and T.J. Snedden roped a single to the fence. Tyler Ross knocked in Suiter with a single to right-center field, and then T.Z. Grace’s fielder’s choice scored Snedden.
Jarrett Kemp then drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Ross, and Brenton Phillips singled in Grace.
Aaron Greene gave up a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the sixth but still got the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings.
“It was a big game, everybody was fired up,” Lee County coach Shawn Snedden said. “Mississippi was pumped, we were pumped. It was a good win for us.”
Sherwood gives new head coach first win
ALBANY — The Sherwood softball team gave first-year coach Michael Hatcher a season-opening 12-4 victory Tuesday against Southland.
Sherwood ace Anna Laine Brock got the win, pitching all six innings and striking out three.
Amber Olsen was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to lead the Lady Eagles at the plate. Also with hits for Sherwood were Keyada Thomas, Laura Simmons and Brock.