Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local Sports

February 4, 2012

Georgia Southwestern 2012 Baseball Preview

AMERICUS — Bryan McLain returns for his eighth season as head coach of the Hurricanes after leading Southwestern to its second-consecutive season with at least 25 wins, posting a mark of 27-21 in 2011.

The 'Canes welcome six returning starters in the field along with seven pitchers. There are 16 upperclassmen on the roster, including seven seniors and nine juniors.

GSW returns its top two hitters from 2011 in All-PBC selection, junior Michel Coffey (.360, 48 starts, only 17 strikeouts) and junior John Duran (.330, 43 runs scored). In addition, sophomore All-PBC selection Corey Benson (.298, .440 slugging percentage) and senior Andrew Archer (.300, 35 RBIs) are back in 2012. Senior second baseman Beau Parker looks to recapture some of his magic from 2010 when he was an All-PBC Tournament selection and hit .446. GSW finished last spring eighth out of the 12-team Peach Belt Conference with a collective team batting average of .291.

On paper, pitching took the greatest hit for GSW heading into the spring as last year's No. 2 starter Zach Whitman (4-5, 4.22 ERA, 70.1 IP) along with No. 3 starter Jody Sellars (2-5, 5.80 ERA) must be replaced off a squad that ranked ninth in the PBC with a 4.12 ERA. Out of the pen, the biggest loss for the Hurricanes is Stephen Daneman (2.54 ERA, 19 appearances). The good news is that GSW will remain strong at the top with No. 1 starter, senior Trent Franzago (2.70 ERA, .210 opponent's batting average) and senior closer Gray Carden (2.56 ERA, 25 app., .194 opp. avg.) returning to the mound this spring. In addition, the staff returns senior Matt Weaver (2-0, 3.16 ERA, eight appearances) and sophomore Hunter Thompson (3.72 ERA, eight appearances). Opponents hit .271 off GSW hurlers in 2011, which ranked sixth-lowest in the league.

There are 11 new faces on the 'Canes roster this year - a group that includes one Division I transfer, two Division II transfers, two JUCO players and six freshmen.

GSW opens the 2012 season with a double-header at home on Feb. 4 against Barry University. The nonconference portion of the road schedule is highlighted by trips to West Alabama (Feb. 11-12) and Saint Leo (Mar. 20-21). Carson-Newman comes to Americus on Apr. 28-29 to wrap up the regular season.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • D. Dawson new coach.jpg Americus-Sumter selects Dawson as next head football coach and AD (UPDATED, Wed. April 23)

    Americus-Sumter High School did not have to look far for their next athletic director and head football coach. At the Sumter County Board of Education meeting on Monday night, the board approved the move of current assistant principal Dexter Dawson to lead the Panther football program and the school’s athletic department. Mason previously coached at Americus-Sumter under Michael Pollack before moving to an administrative role.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ward.jpg Ward leads GSW to 7th place finish at Peach Belt Conference Golf Championships

    The Georgia Southwestern golf team finished tied for seventh place at the 11-team Peach Belt Conference Championships held at Callaway Gardens on Saturday. Nicholas Ward led GSW with a 3-over par 75 total as the event was trimmed to one round due to inclement weather.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Skala dribb.jpg Americus-Sumter ends regular season with thrilling 5-4 loss at Westover

    Americus-Sumter’s boy’s soccer team closed out the regular season on Thursday night against Westover in Albany, and they could not have ended their schedule in more exciting fashion. After a long 0-0 stalemate, both the Panthers and Patriots scored a late goal to send the game into two overtime periods and a shoot-out.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ella Hawk socc shot.jpg Lady Raiders fall 3-2 in regular season finale against Brookwood

    Southland Academy’s Lady Raider soccer team wrapped up the 2014 regular season on Thursday with a narrow road loss to Brookwood in region action. Southland began the game neck-and-neck with the Lady Warriors, but after outscoring their visitors 2-1 in the second half the home team was able to edge the Lady Raiders with a 3-2 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • GSW No.20 bat.jpg Flagler takes series with Monday win

    Georgia Southwestern's baseball team played their last home game of the season on Sunday against Peach Belt Conference opponent Flagler College. Flagler held on for the win the after scoring at least one run apiece over the first five innings. The Hurricanes came close in a comeback attempt during the eighth inning with three runs, but GSW was unable to secure the lead. Flagler won the game 8-5, taking the finale and the series two games to one.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Adkins after DWS bsb game.jpg Southland rallies from eight down to stun Deerfield in region duel

    When rival schools square off on the baseball diamond, the game is never over until the final out is recorded. On Thursday night in Americus, the Southland Raiders proved the validity of that statement by coming from eight runs down in the final two innings to stun the Deerfield-Windsor Knights in a huge Region 3-AAA match-up.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • SAR girls TRC second.jpg Southland Raiders, Lady Raiders finish second in Region 3-AAA Track Meet

    Southland Academy’s Raider and Lady Raider track teams both finished as region runner-up on Wednesday, April 16 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. The top four individual finishers in each event and top four relay teams qualified for next week's state track meet.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kendall Crew return Brookwood.jpg Southland tennis closes out regular season against Brookwood, Westwood

    The 2014 regular tennis season ended this week with one home and one road match for the Southland Academy tennis teams. After dropping both contests against Brookwood on Monday in region action, Southland wrapped up the regular season by splitting a road doubleheader with the Westwood School in Camilla on Tuesday.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Hurricanes softball season ends with two losses to No. 8 North Georgia

    The Georgia Southwestern softball team met in a doubleheader against No. 8 North Georgia on Sunday afternoon. The Nighthawks were able to sweep the Lady 'Canes with a 5-1 win in game one and a 5-0 decision in the nightcap. With the loss and the cancellation of their match-ups with West Georgia on Tuesday, the Lady ‘Canes season ends with GSW sporting a 26-26 overall record and a 9-13 record in Peach Belt Conference action.

    April 18, 2014

  • Brett Usry pitch at schley.jpg Usry fires two-hitter, Schley defeats Marion 4-0

    In the midst of their first losing streak of the season, the Schley County Wildcats turned to sensational sophomore pitcher Brett Usry on Tuesday evening to put their team back on the winning track. Usry delivered for the ‘Cats, tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout to ground the Marion County Eagles and improve Schley County’s record to 16-4 overall and 6-2 in Region 4-A competition.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar