March 18, 2006 Valdosta -- Lowdnes high school is hosting its fourth annual Georgia-Florida Challenge this weekend, inviting some of the best baseball teams from the two states, and the high level of competition should benefit all the teams involved.
Lowndes baseball coach Danny Redshaw says playing such tough competition early in the season is very beneficial for the 4-2 Vikings.
"It's a huge bonus. Ourselves and these other teams, we try to play the best we can find. It gets you ready for your region competition, and if you make the state playoffs, your guys have been through the wars and they're used to it."
Redshaw says attracting quality teams has not been a problem.
"I know a lot of the coaches from playing them, seeing them at clinics, and USA baseball. I know they have great, classy programs. They play great baseball. We just try to find the toughest competition we can find."
Redshaw says the level of talent is very high at the Georgia-Florida Challenge, drawing in many college and professional scouts.
"When you've got quality players, and kids who are going to be high draft picks, every team in this tournament has at least one player who's a division one player. Some of them have 4 or 5 or 6 players, and kids who are going to get drafted, and that definitely helps attract teams."