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Panthers rest before home stretch
by Ericka Birdsong
April 10, 2013 11:59 AM | 1766 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Chapel Hill High School Senior baseball players Jason Phillips, Brandon Whiteford, Mason Tritt, Eric Lloyd and Ryan Moffett.
From left, Chapel Hill High School Senior baseball players Jason Phillips, Brandon Whiteford, Mason Tritt, Eric Lloyd and Ryan Moffett.
After two high-scoring shutouts of B.E.S.T. Academy, 17-0, and Douglass, 18-0, the Chapel Hill baseball team was 16-4 last week.

“We were playing teams that just did not match up well with our talent level and we just played well also,” said head coach Mickey Harper.

None of the Panthers’ losses were region games and only one was by more than two runs. Harper attributed the losses to his team’s experimentation with their lineup and pitchers earlier in the season as well as the boys simply not playing their best.

“These teams that beat us were quality teams as well and on these given days, they played a bit better,” Harper said.

At this point in the season Harper said his players have truly become a team and have played as he expected them to.

“We are positioned exactly where we want to be. The kids have played up to expectations and beyond and we are looking forward to the last part of this season and our playoff run,” said Harper.

With the schools on spring break, the team has six scheduled games left to play prior to the postseason. While a break could have a negative effect on any team if they don’t use the time wisely, Harper said he doesn’t think it will affect his team.

“We will come back from our break on Friday and practice for three days to prepare for the stretch run. The kids will be fine and rested for the last few regular season games,” said Harper.

With an 8-0 region record, the Panthers are at the top of their region with Callaway behind them with a record of 4-1 and Haralson County at 6-2. With such a large gap between them and the other teams, Chapel Hill, according to Harper, is already anticipating the postseason, but they are “not looking past any regular season games.”

“Our next game will always be the most important and we still have to beat Callaway to help us secure the region title. That is our first goal,” Harper said.
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