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Camp will find prospects for college’s first baseball team
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
June 12, 2013 10:25 AM | 1965 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Highlands College head baseball coach Mike Marra sits in his Cartersville office last week.
Georgia Highlands College head baseball coach Mike Marra sits in his Cartersville office last week.
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Georgia Highlands College is set to host a baseball prospect camp for its inaugural team Saturday at Cass High School with registration ending tonight.

The camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $85. Prospects are asked to bring all their baseball gear and “best efforts.”

Head coach Mike Marra said, “I expect the 2013 unsigned [graduates]. There are a lot of kids that have options, but no scholarships [as well as] college transfers for those that finished their first year but don’t like their baseball program or can’t afford to go back.”

The baseball program hosted a camp in October for interested players and had more than 100 prospects come out, prompting organizers to limit the camp in June to 64 prospects. As of June 5, there were almost 50 athletes registered.

According to Marra, allowing registration the day of the camp last year made it very difficult to determine how many players would be there and to prepare for them all. In order to provide more efficiency, all registration must be done online.

Marra said the team is looking to fill eight to 10 more spots on the team. First base, pitcher and catcher are the positions with the most holes, but other positions can be made available, according to Marra.

“If we see an outstanding player in another position, we’ll make room,” he said.

There is no guarantee that anyone will be chosen from this camp, but the chances increase if the prospect merely shows up, Marra said. Those who make the team must be Georgia Highlands students or prospective students.

“Jan. 15 we signed 11 kids. Eight of the 11 went to the fall camp, so it definitely helps,” he said.

Another prospect camp is scheduled for Oct. 19 for the 2013-14 seniors.

The college’s inaugural baseball season will officially kick off in spring 2014, but the team will be having fall practice in order to cut the team to its final 34 players.

“Players are picked right at the end of the first semester. Jan. 10 is our first practice and Feb. 1 is our first game,” Marra said.

Information: Register at www.

chargersbaseballcamps. com.

Contact Marra at (678) 872-8142 or email mmarra @highlands.edu.
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