Coach Danny Blue, along with the rest of the coaching staff for the GPC baseball team is readily awaiting the 2011 spring season and can’t wait to see how the team will perform.
Last year the team had a good season with a record of 36-19. With this year boasting a roster full of World Series potential, the team is ready to play hard ball.
“it was a roller coaster year for the team.” says Coach Stewart Bailey. “The team expected to walk out and win a few games … took a few things for granted.”
This year’s key players are returning sophomores: last year’s lead hitter Jamie McMillan who had the best batting average of last season; McMillan has already signed with Mercer University and likely to bat third this season; T.D. Davis, the teams “power hitter” with nine home runs last year, is a promising major league draft prospect.
The team has a few transfers this year, including Trevor Walch, a pitcher from Oklahoma State University and Kevin Kyle, also a pitcher who has transferred from Clemson University to GPC.
“Kyle is an experienced pitcher who will definitely bolster our pitching staff,” said Bailey.
Other key players: Le Andre Davis, the team’s short stop has been drafted by the major league for the past two years, but opted to stay at GPC to continue his education. Bailey described catcher Scott Surratt as the team’s “quarter back on the field” and will undoubtedly be someone to look for in the 2011 spring season. Freshman Clay Garner and Carter Harrison will be battling it out to be weekend conference starters this season, along with sophomores Cameron Hall, and Jarious Rhodes.
The team have a lot to look forward to and prepare for, according to Bailey, scouts from Division 1 schools, as well as the professional league, make up the majority of spectators during the first month of the season.
Bailey is very enthusiastic about the spring 2011 roster; the team’s goal: make it to regionals and hopefully the college World Series . This goal was in the teams grasp in 2009 when they were just one win away from regionals, but they lost to rival Middle Georgia College. With a promising roster, the spring season will kick off at home on Tuesday Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. as the Jaguar baseball team takes on Chattanooga State.