Grapevine has it that there are several talented 8th graders that will be freshmen in 2011. Looking forward to seeing this young group of talented players coming up. With 8 seniors leaving the '10 team, the newcomers will have an opportunity to make some 'early-noise'.
Hard work over the summer, and conditioning in the fall and winter will help them to speed up the process. They may not realize what an opportunity that is available to them. They will have to earn it, however.
For example, Callaway which finished 2nd in the region this year was very young, but, also talented... They had 3-or-4 freshmen that played prominent roles on their team -- one being a freshman lefty pitcher that was very good to be as young as he is... He was / is their number 1 pitcher, as a frosh, fwiw.
You must have the wrong grapevine, the 8th graders had a losing record and did not make the playoffs. If they want to play on a winning team, they better play football, because I don't see them magically getting better this summer.
There are 4-or-5 kids coming up from the 8th grade team that are good athletes, maybe even above average. They can be developed into good baseball players, as well -- the 8th grade record notwithstanding. Several of them, also, play football, fwiw.
If you can hit .300, or better, run a 60 yard dash under 7.0 seconds, can hit 85mph on the radar gun from the mound, & are lefthanded, then tryout for baseball this summer. It won't pay anything now, but might result in a college scholarship in a few years down the road.
If you're making reference to North Oconee, they had a regular season record of 23-3 -- not too shabby. The Trojans played them tough, and with a break, or two, could have won the 2nd game (a 5-3 loss), and who knows what might have happened in game 3. Find another program to bash.
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