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South Paulding pushing for playoff spot
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, seniors Michael Greene and Luke Conley before practice in Douglasville last week.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, seniors Michael Greene and Luke Conley before practice in Douglasville last week.
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South Paulding’s baseball team finds itself within one of the most competitive regions in the state. Only four teams out of Region 5-AAAAA, which includes top-ranked Allatoona along with Rome and North Paulding, each of whom have already achieved double-digit region victories, will make the state playoffs.

The Spartans, with nine region wins through April 11, can finish the regular season as high as second in the standings and host a first-round playoff series or miss the postseason altogether.

“We’ve competed at a high level and been in some games we should have won but the ball didn’t roll our way,” eighth-year head coach Pecos Galamore said. “Our guys have done what the coaching staff has asked them to do and expect to compete at a high level.”

Senior pitcher and Berry College-commit Michael Greene, along with fellow senior Justin Pendley and junior Ryan Brock, has led one of the top pitching staffs in the region. Senior catcher Luke Conley has received high praise for the handling of the staff.

Galamore also noted the strong defensive play of the Spartans’ infield, including seniors Jared Benson, Caleb Beavers and Austin Driskell along with junior Blaine Patterson as a catalyst for the team’s success.

“We want to make the routine plays on defense and having six or seven seniors on the field for us at one time helps because they have experience,” Galamore said.

Chase Wilkerson has earned the distinction of being the first Spartans freshman to start in the outfield since the inception of the program eight seasons ago. Senior Cody Cobb also has seen time in the outfield.

With the regular season ending next week, South Paulding’s approach to the games remains absolute.

“We’re focused on doing our jobs and the postseason is the goal,” Greene said. “We want to make the playoffs because it shows we had a successful regular season and get to face a higher level of competition.”

Conley said “we can do well the rest of the season if we play as a team.”

South Paulding returns to action on Friday against Allatoona.

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