Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 20, 2012

Schley County set to open 2012 baseball season on Thursday

AMERICUS — The 2011 Wildcats ended their season with a 20-9 record, losing in the first round of the state playoffs and losing five seniors, but the new 2012 Schley County Seniors, Head Coach Chuck Cheek, and assistants William Rooks and Gabe Theiss have committed themselves to winning the their region this year. “Everything in the playoffs sets up so much better when you are the number one seed in your bracket. It will be tough to win it, but if they want it bad enough they can do it.” says Cheek.

“I think by the end of the season, our strength is going to be our pitching. We are going to have 3 – 4 guys who could have really good years. I think they are going to surprise some people,” said Cheek. “I always expect our defense to be strong.  That’s something that we take pride in. We want to be the best defensive team in the region every year.”

The Wildcats will be returning six starters from last year. Catcher and senior Jett Coptsias, first baseman Colton Satterfield, short stop Clayton Patrick, Center fielder Jamie Jacobson, pitcher Clint Collins, and pitcher/infielder Justin Barnes.

Coach Cheek described some of his key players and how thier abilities will contribute to the 2012 season.

On Clayton Patrick:

“Clay is our number three hitter and RBI producer. You see the numbers he puts up and you expect to see a 6’2” 200 lb player.  Clayton isn’t quite that big physically, but he plays that big on the field. Tremendous hustle during the game and just gets the job done. Probably the best SS in the region,” said Cheek.

On Jamie Jacobson:

“One of best defensive outfielders in region. Has to really step it up at the plate this year. Going to give him a serious shot at the 2- hole.  He handles the bat well and has excellent speed. With the emphasis on small ball, he could be absolutely huge in our offense,” said Cheek.

On Justin Barnes:

“One of our best infielders, leadoff hitter, and one of our best pitchers. I guess he’s pretty important to us. I think Justin’s going to have a great year for us.  He was tremendous on the mound last year the first half of the season, then his arm got a little tired. Another year in the weight room has helped him, he’s stronger, throwing harder and should have more stamina. He’s hitting it in practice just like he left off in the playoffs last year – and that’s a great thing for the Wildcats,” said Cheek.

The Wildcats will open up the season at 5 p.m. on Thursday against Westover in the Lee County Tournament.

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